Mexico National Team needed the 14 games of the CONCACAF Qualifiers to ensure direct passage to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but the managed to do it by earning 28 points and tying with Canada MNT at the top of the standings, although the goal difference benefited the Canadians.
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Now, they will have to wait for the Group Stage Draw to know the teams they will face in November. For now, they know they won’t face USMNT, Uruguay, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Croatia, Netherlands, and Canada, as the first seven are on the same pot than Mexico and El Tri can’t face a team from the same confederation.
Gerardo “Tata” Martino knows that even if he will remain in El Tri’s dugout at least until the World Cup ends, he needs to do several changes in the roster if he wants to be able to compete against some of the best national teams, like Argentina or Brazil.
The toughest part of his stint will start after Friday, as he will have 8 months to solve the problems that have been aching the Mexican squad, while also renewing the roster, as several of the players he used for the Qualifiers don’t have the level needed to face a World Cup.
Luis García asks for a generational change
The Mexico former international Luis García, who now works as a TV commentator, said during his participation in Los Protagonistas that if Martino and El Tri want to be able to compete in the World Cup, a generational change is needed.
He even suggested that the players that haven’t helped the Aztec squad should be self-aware and take a step down, although the egos and the fact that they want to earn the prizes that FMFwill give to the players that arrive in Qatar will prevent that.
He mentioned at least nine players in Martino’s current roster that not only have contributed to the improvement of the Mexican national team, but by taking a place in the roster they’re blocking the new generations that already have proved that they have what it takes to compete against any team.
Who are the players that shouldn’t be in El Tri’s roster?
The list starts with Guillermo Ochoa and Alfredo Talavera, two goalkeepers that are on the last part of their careers. Luis “Chaka” Rodríguez is also in the list, although he already was erased from the roster. Monterrey players Rogelio Funes Mori and Héctor Moreno also have proven to be unhelpful.
Héctor Herrera and Andrés Guardado, who have been the starting midfielders since 2014 have proved that their best times already passed. The list closes with Javier Hernández, who hasn’t played for El Tri since 2019, and Néstor Araujo, who already was benched thanks to the performances of César Montes and Johan Vásquez.