2018 FIFA World Cup: Andres Guardado failed to make a presence against Sweden
There were more than a handful of disappointing performances in Mexico’s 3-0 loss against Sweden this Wednesday, June 27. Among them was team captain Andres Guardado, who has been one of the more underwhelming players for Juan Carlos Osorio in this edition of the World Cup.
The 31-year-old has not been able to control the midfield and has been outperformed massively by Hector Herrera. “El Principito’s” showing on Wednesday was by far one of his worst in recent history as he failed to make a presence or an impact in the heart of the team.
His poor physical attributes were very apparent in this match as he lost several midfield duels to Sebastian Larsson, Victor Claesson and Albin Ekdal. The El Tri captain did finish with a stellar 96-percent pass accuracy, but he was subpar in almost every other category.
Guardado did not have any accurate crosses, no accurate long balls, no shots on target and no successful dribbles. The Real Betis’ player also won no duels throughout his 75 minutes of play and was dispossessed twice.
The 31-year-old has been a staple of the Mexico national team for years now and will have to step it up in El Tri’s round of 16 encounter against Brazil.