Gerardo Martino is carefully analyzing his best strategy to face El Salvador and secure a direct ticket to Qatar. El Tri has taken four points in this FIFA matchday after a scoreless draw against the United States at the Azteca and a 1-0 win in Honduras that allowed the Aztec squad to reach 25 points and remain in third place.
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The possibility of Mexico not getting a direct pass to Qatar is very unlikely to happen. Even with a defeat for the Mexican team, the squad coached by the Argentine could qualify directly to Qatar.
In order for Mexico not to advance directly, Costa Rica, which faces the United States at home, would have to win by a large score, at least four goals, and for Mexico to lose. This combination of results looks very difficult to happen.
Although the national team will try to play in the best possible way, Tata's problem is to take care of players who have been cautioned and who, if they receive another yellow card, will be suspended for the first match of the World Cup in Qatar, so it is likely that there will be several changes in the lineup.
What is 'Tata's' strategy?
According to FIFA regulations for Qatar 2022, players who accumulate two caution cards will be suspended for one match, and if they fail to pay it in the qualifiers, they will pay it in the World Cup, a situation that puts several players of the Mexican national team at risk for tomorrow's match against El Salvador.
Jesús Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Edson Álvarez, Luis Romo, Jesús 'Tecatito' Corona, Raúl Jiménez and Gerardo Arteaga have one yellow card and if they receive a second one against the Salvadorans, they will miss the first game of the World Cup. In view of this situation, Gerardo Martino is analyzing the possibility of not using some of those who have received a yellow card in order to avoid this risk.
Given the situation of the match, taking into account that they are playing at home and that with a single point they qualify for the World Cup, it is very likely that 'Tata' will apply the strategy of taking care of players with a view to the World Cup in Qatar, so a change in each line of the team, defense, midfield, and offense, will be very likely.