Mexico National Team have seven months to recover the level that they used to play during the first two years of Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s stint, when they not only had the possession but also were able to score consistently, something that helped them win all the games they played but one.
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During the CONCACAF Qualifiers, Gerardo Martino couldn’t find a striker that found the net constantly, something that both Canada MNT, USMNT and even Panama and El Salvador were able to do, which endangered their classification on several occasions.
Raúl Jiménez was El Tri’s top scorer, as he managed to score three goals, all of them via penalty kick, a number far from the top three of CONCACAF. David Rugamas from El Salvador scored eight goals, Jonathan David from Canada scored nine and Cyle Larin, also from Canada, scored 13.
If Martino wants to have a competitive team, he knows that he needs to do some changes in the offense, which is why he’s considering giving another chance to Carlos Vela, who hasn’t played a single game for El Tri since the Argentine coach arrived.
Vela hasn’t closed the door to El Tri
Even if Carlos Vela said a few months ago during an interview for ESPN that his time with El Tri had come to an end and that he had stopped thinking about playing for the Mexican national team again, he hasn’t fully closed the door to an eventual return.
Especially since he knows that the Aztec squad are in need of a striker that can score constantly and consistently, something he does with Los Angeles FC. Vela doesn’t see with bad eyes returning to El Tri, although he has one request for it.
According to sports journalist Álvaro Morales, the absence of Vela in El Tri is related to an argument that “El Bombardero” had with Guillermo Ochoa during the 2018 World Cup regarding the way FMF awarded the prizes for playing in the World Cup, that’s why Vela would only accept returning to El Tri if there’s a different goalkeeper in the starting XI.
Who is the goalkeeper that he wants?
Gerardo Martino has considered five different goalkeepers to be part of El Tri’s roster including Alfredo Talavera, a goalkeeper that Vela knows since his time in Chivas academy teams. Vela knows of the talent of Talavera and that he’d be the perfect goalkeeper for the Aztec squad.