Welcome to another edition of #AskCesar!
In case you didn’t notice, we have officially moved this weekly article to Thursdays. SO, if you want to take part in the next one, be sure to send me your questions on Twitter every Wednesday! I select three for a video preview and then answer the rest here. I’m like a Latinx version of a soccer-obsessed Dr. Phil with less credibility but more integrity.
Let’s see what we have this week.
#AskCesar What do you think about the rumor of the Monterrey teams eyeing the Dos Santos brothers prior to the WC2018?
— Jaime (@jaimeaol09) November 8, 2017
I’m not sure if I believe it, but I think it would be a step in the right direction for them — especially Giovani. We all know he hasn’t been at his best, and at the moment, I can’t see him working his way into the starting XI for El Tri. He needs to rediscover a good form and a loan to either Tigres or Monterrey would be perfect. In somewhat related news, Gio recently made it onto an “MLS Overpaid XI” list from Goal.com…ouch.
Anything? Do you prefer tacos or tortas? Or will the champion be from Nuevo León? If so, who?
— Anthony (@asteven_7) November 9, 2017
Easy answer here. Tacos > Tortas.
As for the champion, I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to be won in Nuevo Leon. Gignac and Tigres tend to dominate in the playoffs and Monterrey is the undisputed favorite. I’ll go with Aviles Hurtado taking charge in the Liguilla and carrying Los Rayados to a title.
Should I get a xolopass for next season?
— Edson (@e_cmch) November 8, 2017
Don’t go out of your way if you can’t afford it, but if you’ve got some money to throw around I would definitely do it. And I’m not just saying this either because I cover the team. Even when Xolos are struggling (like right now), there’s always a good atmosphere inside and outside of the stadium. The only thing that really sucks is the traffic to and from the game.
I do think Xolos will improve next season as well. Wonder who their new manager will be…
— Ivan Pineda (@IvanPineda83) November 9, 2017
What’s your North London Derby prediction? You should head on to the Harp if you are near!
— Fritz Pizano (@daftdude) November 9, 2017
I’m the wrong person to ask to about this, but I’ll go with Tottenham because of what I’ve seen this season, and also because I know this answer is really going to bother a certain friend of mine who is reading this right now haha.
Also, if I don’t have too much work that morning, I’ll definitely hit up the Harp for a pint and some soccer.
How much longer do you think it'll be until Osorio calls up Victor Guzman?
— Shimosanz (@Sanz10_) November 9, 2017
I say he gets the call-up in January. I’m not sure why fans are furious he didn’t get the call-up recently, but I think he will be there once the January game rolls around.
got any internship ideas I can apply for?
— Pollito⚽️ (@dyl_j14) November 9, 2017
Let’s see, based off your profile you’re currently in Texas. Luckily for you, it looks like MLS has plenty of upcoming internship possibilities in the Texas area. Others should apply as well!
What pair of El Tri best friends would you want to hangout with for a day? Layun/chicharito, Raul/D. Reyes, or Tecatito/Salcedo?
— IMP (@IselaMR42) November 9, 2017
Layun and Chicharito because I’m closer to both of them in age haha.
It’s like the xolos just showed up to intentionally loose.
— Jorge Esteban??? (@Freeurmind_) November 9, 2017
That game against Pachuca was awful. I recently recorded a Xolos Podcast this morning and started to get a bit frustrated after describing some of the problems from the team haha. Yesterday’s game was arguably their worst match of the season, maybe even the year.
Where do The Xolos go from here?
— Gringoxolos (@Gringoxolos) November 9, 2017
Step 1: End the season on a good note and get a win vs Toluca
Step 2: Get a new manager asap
Step 3: Attempt to resolve any financial and locker-room problems
Step 4: Preseason focus on one of the biggest issues: Team chemistry
Step 5: Give more opportunities to young players like Hiram Muñoz and Luis Chavez.
Who’s the better captain, Rafa Marquez or Michael Bradley?
— Daniel Benitez (@dannymbp1221) November 9, 2017
Tough to say at this moment because both aren’t in a good period for various reasons, but I’ll stick with Rafa because of the respect he has on the pitch.
Do you watch espnfc?
— Mariano Villa (@marianovillajr) November 9, 2017
I have the most basic of basic cable, so no. I sometimes watch videos from ESPN FC online or will stumble into some audio in a podcast or two. If a game isn’t available on one of my basic channels, I usually find it on fuboTV and stream it from my phone.
#AskCesar where do you see Lozano playing after PSV? La Liga perhaps?
— ?? (@GriezmannFIair) November 9, 2017
I prefer him to go to a mid-table Spanish team or a strong club in Germany next, but all signs point to England. Wouldn’t be surprising if he somebody from the EPL pays PSV some serious $$$ for him next summer.
Don't you kinda wish it was Mexico missing the World Cup just to see what would happen? #AskCesar
— Juan Caudillo (@22Caudillo) November 9, 2017
Lol, not really. BUT, in all fairness, it would make us rethink the entire system of Mexican soccer. The league structure, the pacto de caballeros, the way FMF is run, who is in charge, who makes the decisions, the Liga MX draft , the current promotion and relegation setup and so much more would all be questioned.
Would it be worth it if it meant not going to the World Cup? Not sure.
If you could have any other player currently playing for a national team to play for Mexico, who would you choose? I would choose Sergio Aguero since he is someone who is deadly in the box and has good positioning.
— Elver Galarga (@Boywhogoeswest) November 9, 2017
I think we are alright in the attack, what I would instead do is bring Arturo Vidal and make him our starting defensive midfielder for the 2018 World Cup. That would give others like Andres Guardado, Hector Herrera and Jonathan dos Santos so much more freedom to run forward and be creative with the ball.
Why is everyone having a pessimistic view on the youngsters Govea and Antuna getting called up? Too soon? #AskCesar
— Kari (@KariTorres_7) November 9, 2017
Nah, I like the move. It sends a message to others that if you take a chance and go to Europe at a young age, you’ll get rewarded for it. Also, Juan Carlos Osorio called-up 26 players so they probably won’t even be used until (maybe) the game against Poland. JCO just wants to give them a look and is giving them a chance to train with El Tri. Also, although you can make the argument that Antuna was maybe called-up a bit early, Govea deserves it.
What do you think about Poland national team? #askcesar
— R3dD3vil ?? ⚽️ (@D3vilofficial) November 9, 2017
Poland is an underrated squad that is going to be much more difficult than most Mexico fans assume. I would be happy with a draw against Poland.
Can I wear my USA jersey to a Mexican world cup party?
— Clarence Beeks, Jr. (@ClarenceBeeksJr) November 9, 2017
Do it, but be sure to bring some good beer and/or tequila.