Jose Manuel de la Torre arrives at the FIFA Confederations Cup with the responsibility of leading a Mexico side that has always been a force to be reckoned with at the tournament. Despite not taking part in South Africa 2009, El Tri lifted the coveted trophy in 1999 and finished fourth in their most recent appearance, at Germany 2005.

The task facing the coach known affectionately as Chepo is therefore to maintain Mexico’s reputation by putting in a strong showing. To this end, the Guadalajara native has called up a squad featuring a blend of youth and experience, with a handful of big names who would not look out of place in the line-ups of any of the competing teams.

In his two years in charge of the Mexican national side, the 48-year-old tactician has installed a direct, counter-attacking style, based on a solid defence and midfielders with the ability to quickly push up the pitch to support attacks.

It is no secret that the team feels comfortable taking on sides that move the ball around effectively, and so the group in which they find themselves – one containing host nation Brazil, as well as Italy and Japan – could well be tailor-made for De la Torre to exploit his players’ strengths to the maximum.