LA ROJA'S fierce attack showcases wily target man Humberto Suazo (Monterrey) and winger Alexis Sánchez (Udinese). Gone is Marcelo (El Loco) Bielsa, the coach who instilled discipline and fearlessness. His laissez-faire successor, Claudio Borghi, who is afraid of flying, might be in for a crash landing.
PREDICTION Group runner-up
HAVING gone all-in on the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, El Tri is sending its B team, meaning no Javier (Chicharito) Hernández on the frontline and no Rafa Márquez on the back. But the mostly Under-22 squad will showcase a dozen prospects that have electrified the Mexican league, several of whom may soon join Chicharito across the pond.
PREDICTION First-round exit