Mexico National Team already know who are going to be their rivals in the stage group of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as they were placed in the Group C alongside with Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Poland, team that they will face first.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that they will have two tough matches before playing against Saudi Arabia on the last game of the group stage, one that could help them clinch the second place of the group or that will mean the first time in eight World Cups that they don’t make it passed the group stage.
If they want to be able to compete against both Poland and Argentine, they will have to solve the problems that have been carrying for the entirety of the CONCACAF Qualifiers, as they haven’t found a striker that is able to score.
Raúl Jiménez has been out of tune during this season, as he only scored three goals, all of them via penalty kick. And even if Javier “Chicharito” Hernández is going through a good streak, is most likely that he won’t be part of the squad that arrives in Qatar.
Who is the striker that can help Mexico?
One of the things that Martino has been criticized the most is the lack of opportunities he’s given to young players, as he has made it clear that he values experience over age, although in order to have a chance in the World Cup he’s going to have to change his mindset.
It’s clear that a generational change is much needed in the Mexican national team, something that Martino already started doing in the last CONCACAF Qualifiers match window, where he called Carlos Acevedo and Israel Reyes, while also starting Johan Vásquez and César Montes.
But the changes have to keep coming, with Luca Martínez Dupuy as the striker that should be called instead of “Chicharito”, Henry Martín or Rogelio Funes Mori. Martínez Dupuy already has experience playing in a top flight and has been linked to teams in the US and Italy.
Why hasn’t Martino called him?
Martínez Dupuy has confirmed his commitment to play with El Tri, as he has closed the doors to the Argentine national team. But it seems that Martino hasn’t looked for players outside of Liga MX or Europe, leaving him and Diego Abreu without chances to be called, at least for the moment.