The Mexican national team has less than seven months to prepare for their debut in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where they will be facing Poland in the first game, which also will be vital on their aspirations of making it into the knockout stage.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino has already started the preparation with a friendly game that the Aztec squad had on April 27 against Guatemala, and although El Tri played with an alternate team, the Argentine coach was able to see different players that could end up sneaking in the final roster.
He knows that there’s still a lot of things to improve, especially from midfield up, as the team hasn’t been able to connect on the pitch to create consistent plays that endanger their rival’s goal, given that the strikers have been lacking the aim and the goals.
But he also knows that part of the problem comes from the few playing time that some of the players in his usual roster are having with their teams, which is why he’s considering leaving them out of the team that goes to Qatar if they don’t manage to earn more minutes.
Who are the players that can be left out?
According to reports from sports journalist David Medrano, Gerardo Martino already has filled 20 of the 26-man roster that El Tri will take to Qatar, although three of those players are in doubt if they don’t manage to gain regularity.
The first player on the list is Diego Lainez, who has been a regular on his call ups, but he knows that with less than 5% of the minutes played in the season, the 21-year-old right-winger can’t contribute much to the Aztec squad.
The same thing happens with Orbelín Pineda, who recently joined La Liga side Celta de Vigo but hasn’t gain regularity, given that Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet doesn’t have a place for him on the roster, as he didn’t request his addition.
Who is the last player that might not play in Qatar?
The last player that Martino isn’t sure about having on his roster is Héctor Herrera, who decided to leave one of the best leagues in the world on a World Cup year to join the MLS, as he will become the next Designated Player of Houston Dynamo once La Liga season is over.