It was carried out All Stars Skills Challenge between MX League and the MLS; the victory went to the North American team, but one of the players who received the most criticism was Uriel Antuna, due to his fumbles in the games in which he competed.
the end of Blue Cross had two interventions in the event, the first was in the Shooting Challenge, which consisted of shooting from the penalty spot and hitting targets with various scores. Antuna was the one who recorded the least number of points of the 6 participants, only accumulated 12 unitswhile the highest was Hector Herrera with 64. Thanks to that low record, the Aztec team could not compete and lost the match.
The alarming thing came in the second challenge in which Uriel Antuna participated, the Touch Challenge. It was thought that being a winger, his ability to place precise crosses would help the Mexican team, but it was not so, his performance was harshly criticized.
The former Chiva had the “simple” task of sending passes -without a mark- to Louis Reyes for him to write them down on a platform with different scores, but “the stones” he sent made it impossible for him to add to the Bone. Own Francisco Gabriel deAndachronicler of the event, asked him to send the passes with his hand, because he did not show enough skills with his feet.
“For God’s sake, let him give it to him however it is, with his hand even if it is. Just look at the stones he is sending. Impossible.”, were the words with which De Anda pointed to the Mexican winger.
The criticism did not end there, in networks questioned his attendance at the event justifying that he did not have technical conditions for the All-Stars Skill Challenge. There were those who even attributed the defeat of Liga MX to its poor performance. But we must not forget that Luis Reyes also gave a poor performance.
The truth is that a game with friendly and commercial characteristics cannot define the quality of a footballer, but it does show the technical decline that it may have.
Uriel Antuna participated and saw himself as the player who left Chivas, the one “who nobody wanted”, he did not look like that brilliant winger that he showed he could be when he just donned the Cruz Azul shirt.
With the cement complex, he showed that all those ghosts that had haunted him during his cycle in Guadalajara had disappeared. He seemed more focused, more explosive and effective, but those virtues have been overshadowed over time.
Something that could explain the low level of the Wizard is the lack of internal competition. In Chivas he was seen as “confident”, in the club there was a crisis and he was the best available, taking him out was not an option. Now with Cruz Azul something similar happens, although there is no crisis, there is also no player who fights for ownership on the right wing.
The winger enjoys the privilege of exclusivity, and has done so since he returned to Liga MX; possibly the demand to win his place makes him exploit his full potential, just as he did in his first steps with machine. Back then I had something to prove, but now it seems that hunger disappeared.
In the current tournament he has seen activity in all the games but he has not managed to be the decisive winger that Cruz Azul needs, he barely has 2 assists and no goals. Furthermore, as he recorded OneFootball, has a 38% in the effectiveness of its centersalarming figures for a national team.
Antuna is a recurring element in the calls of Gerardo Martinoand possibly be considered for the final list of Qatar 2022but if the technical aspect does not improve, that position could be filled by someone else.
However, faith is not lost, a sector of the cement hobby keep trusting in the quality of Uriel and he hopes that he can soon return to the level he showed in his first season dressed in blue.
At 24 years old, he still has a long career, he can stand out and even dream of Europe, as he pointed out at some point. But before he must correct all those conditions that made him earn the taunts in the Skills Challenge, In addition to standing out in Liga MX, something, honestly, not very difficult to achieve.
“I’ve always had that thorn of returning and succeeding in Europe, I didn’t get to be there due to lack of minutes, but yes, my dream is to be in Europe and succeed there. Sometimes going to Europe so fast and you don’t give your best on the team you’re on, I know that if I do things right, an opportunity might come”, he said months ago to Fox Sports.