Mexico National Team got their ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup until the final game of the CONCACAF Qualifiers, and even if they only lost two games of the 14 that they played, that was enough to jeopardize their participation in Qatar 2022.
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At the end, the Aztec squad managed to get the needed results to ensure direct passage to the international tournament, but they did it at the expense of their performance, as they weren’t able to impose their conditions and often solved the game on the last minutes.
Gerardo “Tata” Martino has the upcoming months to try and solve the problems that hurt El Tri’s aspirations to be part of the Pot 1 of the Group Stage draw, something that could have meant avoiding playing against Argentina.
The Argentine coach expects to return to the performances that El Tri had during his first two years, where they only lost one game, because if he doesn’t make it, he knows that the Mexican Football Federation already has a coach in line to replace him.
Who is the coach that can replace him?
Yon de Luisa and FMF have questioned the work that Gerardo Martino has made in El Tri, as he hasn’t found a way to make them play under the same idea during the whole game, especially from the midfield up, as they don’t seem to connect.
Even if they backed him up, they know that Martino will leave his position in El Tri once the Mexican squad ends their participation in Qatar 2022, although he could end up leaving soon if there’s not significantly improvement during the friendly games that they’ve agreed to play.
Whenever Martino’s stint with El Tri finishes, it will be Jaime Lozano who will take the job, as he already knows the way things work in El Tri’s structure, as well as having worked with some of the players in the current roster.
Can he arrive at El Tri?
According to reports from W Deportes, Lozano is waiting for his opportunity to arrive at El Tri, but in the meantime, he accepted the job in Necaxa to remain active, being involved in the industry and observe the players that have potential to be part of El Tri.