Mexico National Team ensured the 2022 World Cup bound after the 2-0 victory over El Salvador on Wednesday night in Estadio Azteca, with goals of Uriel Antuna and Raúl Jiménez that sealed the game and gave El Tri the second place of CONCACAF.
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El Tri ended the Qualifiers with 28 points, tied with Canada MNT, although the goal difference was in favor of the Canadians. Below the Aztec squad, USMNT finished third with 25 points and a better goal difference than Costa Rica, who tied the Stars and Stripes after the 2-0 victory and finished fourth.
The Mexican national team ensure direct passage to Qatar and now will have to wait until Friday to know the teams they will face in the stage group. For now, the only sure thing is that they won’t face USMNT, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Uruguay, Croatia, and Switzerland, as they share the second pot for the draw.
But Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that is possible that they will have to face at least one complicated team, such as Brazil, Argentina or Spain, which is why he is already planning both the strategy and the roster that he’ll take to Qatar 2022.
The players that won’t be part of the final roster
Even if he managed to secure his stay in El Tri’s dugout until November, he knows that the real work starts now, as he can’t settle for the team that earned the ticket to the World Cup because even if they know his system and he knows them, they are not the best players Mexico currently has.
The Argentine coach will look to strengthen the squad in the positions that suffered the most during the Qualifiers, which is why one of the first players that won’t be taken in consideration is Jesús Gallardo, as the Monterrey left-back has lost his shape and with it his starting role both in El Tri and in Rayados.
Alongside Gallardo, another Monterrey player will be out of the roster, as Luis Romo hasn’t found the way to recover his shape after leaving Cruz Azul. Its undeniable that he has talent, but there’s players that are going through a better streak than him, like Erik Lira.
Pizarro, in doubt to return to El Tri
The third and last player that will be cut from the Mexican squad is Rodolfo Pizarro, who was considered by Martino for a long time even if he had an irregular stint with Inter Miami. He stopped calling him before he returned to Monterrey, and after a couple of good games, Martino gave him another chance, although he had to step down due to an injury.