Jonathan dos Santos: “All of us players feel important”
Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos (white jersey) and Fedor Kudriashov of Russia battle for possession during their FIFA Confederations Cup match on June 24, 2017, in Kazan, Russia. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

SOCHI, Russia – Mexico (2W-1D-0L) is embracing the challenge of facing reigning FIFA World Cup champion Germany (2W-1D-0L) in their 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal on Thursday at the Fisht Olympic Stadium.

“The team is happy to play against a team like Germany, the world champion,” midfielder Jonathan dos Santos told reporters Monday.  “It will be a very tough match, but very important for us to show that we are a strong team with a lot of desire to do great things.

“We hope to take advantage of this opportunity.  We have to play our cards and play our football, which has brought us to where we are.  It’s a match of life and death.”

One of the key ingredients to the Tricolor’s success in the Confederations Cup has been head coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s to use his full squad and prepare it to capitalize when opportunities are presented.  Of the 23 players on the roster, 22 have seen group-stage action.

Dos Santos – a starter against Portugal and Russia -- pointed out that regardless those competing on the pitch at any given time, there is confidence all aspects of the game plan will be fulfilled.

“In the Confederations, there are few days of rest,” finished the 27-year-old Villarreal standout.  “The fact that players were rotated was vital.  It has been seen that whoever played, they played well.  All of us players feel important.”