Mexico National Team will face their first friendly game as preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on April 27, when they play against Guatemala in what will also be the first game of the Mextour, a series of games that they play yearly in the United States.
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El Tri will also face Nigeria, Uruguay and Ecuador between May 28 and June 5, games that are closer to the level of rivals they will face in the group stage of Qatar 2022, especially Uruguay and Ecuador, as both teams have a similar style like Argentina.
Mexico still has to schedule a game against a European team to probe what it will be to face Poland, their first rival of Group C, and the most important game of the World Cup, as it will most likely define which is the team that will make it to the elimination stage.
Gerardo “Tata” Martino will use these games to improve their performances, as he prioritized the results instead of the development of the game in the CONCACAF Qualifiers, as well as finding the best possible roster, given that he still has doubts about some positions on the lineup.
Mozo won’t be part of El Tri that goes to Qatar
The main priorities for Gerardo Martino are from the midfield up, as he knows that he needs to replace both Héctor Herrera and Andrés Guardado, who have been far from the level they show when they play with their respective teams.
Same thing happens in the offense, as neither Raúl Jiménez, Rogelio Funes Mori nor Henry Martín have been able to score consistently. And even if it seems that the defense is the strongest part of the roster, there’s still a question mark over the right-back, as Jorge Sánchez is still raising questions.
Alan Mozo could be the player that took his place, especially since he likes to add himself to the offense, helping him to become one of the top assistants in Liga MX, but Gerardo Martino has erased him from any call ups given that Mozo is usually involved in defensive mistakes, something that the Argentine coach doesn’t tolerate, as his first job is to defend well.
He was going to be part of the roster for the game against Guatemala
Gerardo Martino had considered Alan Mozo as part of the Liga MX roster that will face Guatemala, but Mozo won’t be able to play in that game given that Pumas is playing the first leg of the final of the CONCACAF Champions League against Seattle Sounders that same day, making April 27 will be a bittersweet day for him.