It didn’t matter that it took the 14 games of the CONCACAF Qualifiers for Mexico National Team to ensure direct passage to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as they had to wait until the 2-0 victory over El Salvador to avoid the playoffs.
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But now that El Tri already knows the rivals that they’re going to face in the group stage of the World Cup, Yon de Luisa reaffirmed the presence of Gerardo “Tata” Martino as the coach that will be in El Tri’s dugout during Qatar 2022.
It’s also rumored that the Mexican Football Federation are planning on extending his contract until the 2026 FIFA World Cup that will be played in North America, although they’ll have to wait until the participation of El Tri in this year’s edition to decide.
But even if it could be good news having the same coach for more than one World Cup cycle, not all the people agree with it, as the Aztec squad has yet to find a way to improve their performances, and even some of the players have decided to retire from the national team now that they know that Martino will remain as the coach.
Who is the player that decided to retire from El Tri?
According to reports from W Deportes, José de Jesús “Chuy” Corona has decided to stop pursuing his call-up to the Mexican national team, as he knows that as long as Martino is coaching El Tri, he doesn’t have a chance to return.
“Chuy” Corona in 41 years old and is living what would be his last chance to play a World Cup but given the strict discipline codes that “Tata” Martino has in El Tri, added to the list of goalkeepers that he has above Corona, he’s completely erased from the Aztec squad.
So far, Gerardo Martino has Guillermo Ochoa as his starting goalkeeper, a position he won’t lose unless he gets injured. Alongside him, the other goalkeepers that the Argentine coach has considered are Alfredo Talavera, Rodolfo Cota, Jonathan Orozco and even Carlos Acevedo.
He lost his chance in Brazil 2014
“Chuy” Corona was called to be the starting goalkeeper for El Tri in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as he was the starting goalkeeper for the U-23 squad in the 2012 Tokyo Olympics where El Tri won the Gold Medal, but Miguel Herrera preferred to give the position to Guillermo Ochoa.