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El Tri boss Gerardo Martino hits again at critics in ‘peculiar’ Mexico system

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Mexico supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino hit again at criticism after his group failed to carry onto a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 pleasant loss to Colombia on Tuesday, as a substitute specializing in what he believes are structural points within the nation’s program.

“[Soccer in] Mexico is peculiar,” Martino stated, alluding to not having the complete assist or belief of home golf equipment. “Mexico has funding and for the time being it has cash. So how will we make a greater nationwide group? I just lately heard, I do not know if it was a [Liga MX club] director, I do not bear in mind, they stated that the league didn’t should play for the nationwide group.

“I do not impose issues. I analyze, I talk and we agree on issues [with clubs]. We do not solely do what I would like.”

Martino was assertive within the postgame press convention during which he additionally objected to the shortage of Liga MX gamers going overseas, who might then additional assist the nationwide group.

“They do not depart as a result of groups will not allow them to, they do not depart as a result of their wages are exorbitant,” Martino stated, including that it is robust to make strikes to Europe when gamers “are price $10 million” within the home market.

“It is a disgrace we do not search to sort things from this different facet and that all the things is on the supervisor or the gamers. That is not the talk that Mexico wants to enhance footballistically,” Martino added.

Martino and his gamers have handled an immense quantity of criticism from El Tri followers and media in 2022 after a rocky path by means of World Cup qualifying and simply two wins of their final seven friendlies, together with the newest World Cup warmup matches in California this month which have completed little to assist.

On Wednesday morning, the Mexican press took goal on the nationwide group that now has lower than two months to go till the World Cup. “TRITANIC,” learn one cowl. “S.O.S.,” learn one other, whereas describing Martino’s facet as a sinking ship.

These headlines adopted a slim and unconvincing 1-0 victory over Peru final Saturday on the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and Tuesday’s collapse in opposition to Colombia. However Martino defended his group’s efforts after Tuesday’s match at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

“We had one of the best first half of the final 4 years. What do you suppose occurred at halftime? What was the message? ‘Boys, do all the things reverse now.’ No,” Martino stated. “What occurs is that when [Colombia] have gamers just like the No. 9 from Eintracht Frankfurt [Rafael Santos Borre], a winger from Liverpool [Luis Diaz] and a midfielder from Juventus [Juan Cuadrado], naturally there are moments of the sport the place their standing goes to make an affect.

“And people are the moments the place we have to preserve our composure, keep order, not commit errors.”

Mexico nonetheless has two last friendlies forward of Qatar scheduled in opposition to World Cup competitors with Iraq on Nov. 9 and Sweden, who didn’t qualify, on Nov. 16, with each video games being performed at Girona‘s Estadi Montilivi in Spain.

Then, within the World Cup, El Tri will go up in opposition to Poland (Nov. 22), Saudi Arabia (Nov. 26), and Argentina (Nov. 30) within the group stage.



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