Mexico National Team will start their participation in the 2022 FIFA World Cup on November 20, when the face Poland National Team on a game that will decide the team that access the elimination stage of the World Cup along Argentina.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that the schedule of the three games that the Aztec squad will face in the group stage in Qatar 2022 didn’t benefit their aspirations, as leaving the easiest game of the three for the last round could mean that they play that game already eliminated.
That’s why he’s looking to use the seven months prior the World Cup to strengthen the squad and improve the performances as much as he can, as he knows that they haven’t played at an optimal level, especially during the CONCACAF Qualifiers.
The Mexican national team already has agreed to play four friendly games between May and August against teams that have similar conditions to Argentina and Saudi Arabia, but if Martino doesn’t find the right players, there’s not much that El Tri can do to improve.
A midfielder understood and has decided to step down
The players that have been called-up by Martino understand that not all of them are going to make it into the final roster, especially if they are going through a rough patch, as the Argentine coach is looking to have the best available players.
According to reports from sports journalist David Medrano from TV Azteca, “Tata” Martino has already decided most of the players that will be part of the roster that travels to Qatar, as he is only looking to add six more players for the 26-man roster.
During an interview with W Deportes, Jonathan dos Santos confessed that he knows that his level is below to the level that the players in the national team, which is why he decided to quit on his aspirations of making it into a new World Cup.
What happened with Jonathan dos Santos?
The younger of the Dos Santos brothers arrived at Club América for Clausura 2022 after MLS side LA Galaxy decided to part ways with him once his contract ended. Jonathan’s stint with Las Águilas has been irrelevant, as he’s only played in seven games, two of them as a starter.