Mexico National Team had to wait until the last game of the CONCACAF Qualifiers to ensure direct passage to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as they jeopardized their ticket after back-to-back defeats last November against USMNT and Canada MNT.
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If that wasn’t enough, the Aztec squad never found regularity from the midfield up, as Gerardo “Tata” Martino refused to call different players than the ones that he already knew, as he didn’t have time to teach his system to new players.
The Argentine coach has been criticized during the past year for the weak performances and poor results, as they had trouble winning against some of the worst teams of CONCACAF, and especially since El Tri hasn’t been able to beat the Stars and Stripes for four straight games.
But his stint has also had bright passages, as the Mexican national team only lost one game during his first two years in El Tri’s dugout and is the only team in the world that will arrive to Qatar 2022 with five straight clean sheets.
Martino will arrive to Qatar 2022 and maybe more
After been asked if FMF were considering changing coaches prior the World Cup, Yon de Luisa reaffirmed Martino’s position in El Tri for the remainder of the cycle, as not only them but also the players have full confidence in Martino’s capabilities.
And even if the performances of the Aztec squad keep raising questions, the results have been favorable for El Tri since Martino took over the job, as they have 74% of effectivity with the Argentine coach, the best percentage for a Mexican national team.
So far, El Tri has played 52 games with Martino as their coach, from which they’ve won 35 games, while drawing 10 times and losing just 7 games. And if the Argentine coach manages to keep those numbers and El Tri has a worthy performance in Qatar, he will stay with Mexico at least until the 2026 World Cup.
How much will he earn if he renews?
For his current contract, Gerardo Martino is earning $2.2 million per year, $1 million more than what Juan Carlos Osorio earned during his stint with El Tri. But if was to stay for another cycle, one of his requests will be to increase his salary up to $3 million.