Long before they touched down in Russia for the FIFA World Cup, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Mexican duo of Marco Fabian and Carlos Salcedo were already looking forward to their opening match against world champions Germany in Moscow.
After the draw was made, the Germany-based pair spoke exclusively to bundesliga.com and revealed their plans for an inside job as they look to give their nation the edge. All, of course, on the back of winning the DFB Cup against Bayern Munich and qualifying for Europe…
“It’s a special game for us because it’s against a country that has opened its doors to us and allowed us to play in one of the best leagues in the world,” Fabian said of the significance of the match against Germany, against whom the Guadalajara native scored in the semi-finals of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Asked about what inside knowledge he could bring into the Mexican changing room, the now fit again midfielder replied, “We know a bit more about how Germans think and play football. We can pass that on for the match, but anything can happen out on the pitch. Nevertheless, we’ll try to help our team out so we can beat Germany.”
Salcedo echoed his compatriot’s ideas, but with an added personal element. “It’s a special game because we live here, but also because my son was born here. The match has that added importance, but you forget all about that when you step onto the pitch, and hopefully we can get a good result.”
Former Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez will also have inside information for “El Tri”, but all that is to come in the summer. Before then, Fabian and Salcedo have a domestic campaign with Frankfurt to see out. And that includes possible silverware in the cup and European qualification.
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