Even if the Mexican national team had to wait until the last game of the World Cup Qualifiers to ensure direct passage to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, they were able to end the Qualifiers tied with Canada MNT at the top of the CONCACAF table.
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After the 2-0 victory over El Salvador in the last game of the FIFA match window, the Aztec squad confirmed their presence in the Pot 2 of the World Cup Group Stage Draw, alongside USMNT, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Croatia, Switzerland, and Uruguay.
But now that the ticket is secured, Martino recognized that there’s still a lot to improve from the current performances, which is why he will have to start building the roster that will play in the international tournament in November, as he knows he needs to create an intern competition that elevates their game.
And even if he has it clear in his mind, it seems like he will keep some of the players that haven’t delivered the goods when they’ve been asked to, as he rather have players that know his system instead of teaching it to a different group.
Who is the player that he will maintain?
According to reports, Gerardo Martino is set to have a player in the Mexican squad with the skillset of Luis Romo, even if he hasn’t recovered the shape that made him one of the most vital players for the third place that El Tri achieved in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Since last August, when he was compared to Tony Kroos during his participation with El Tri’s U-23 squad, his performance has diminished so much that he lost his place in the starting XI of Cruz Azul and was later traded to Monterrey for Carlos “Charly” Rodríguez.
But even if he arrived at Rayados looking for a fresh start, he’s been struggling to find the needed regularity to become a starter again, especially with Javier Aguirre, who never found a way to make Rayados play like the contender team they are.
Romo’s numbers this season
Since arriving in Monterrey for the start of Clausura 2022, Romo has had an irregular participation with Rayados, especially during the time that Javier Aguirre coached them. So far, he’s played in nine games, six of them as a starter, although four of those starts have been with Victor Manuel Vucetich in Monterrey’s dugout, as he knows that Romo is slowly finding his place in Rayados’ roster.