Now that Mexico National Team knows who are going to be their rivals in the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, they have seven months to prepare the best they can to become the only team alongside Brazil with eight straight apparitions in the round of 16 of a World Cup.
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Gerardo “Tata” Martino has the advantage of knowing how Argentina National Team works, as he coached them for a short stint from 2014 to 2016, when he played two finals of Copa América, losing both against Chile.
But Martino knows that if they want to compete against Poland and Argentina and have a chance of advancing to the elimination stage, he’s going to have to improve the performances of El Tri, as well as strengthen the squad and keep adding younger players.
As if that wasn’t enough issues to solve, even if the Argentine coach was ratified by Yon de Luisa as El Tri’s coach for Qatar 2022, Martino is now facing a different problem that could stop him from arriving at the World Cup, as his health has already prevented him from travelling with the Aztec squad.
Is there a plan B in Mexico National Team?
Although for now, nothing points towards a potential departure of Martino from El Tri’s bench, the retinal detachment he suffered on his right eye has yet to heal, something that hasn’t happened given the pressure and stress that generates being in his position.
If he doesn’t fully heal, the Mexican Football Federation has a plan B. According to reports from W Deportes, they know that the best option to replace him is Jaime Lozano, as he already knows the structure of the national teams and has experience coaching part of the current roster.
If Lozano arrives in El Tri, he will do if only until the 2022 FIFA World Cup, and after the Aztec squad ends their participation, FMF will evaluate Lozano’s results to see if he remains as El Tri coach for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
What can Lozano bring to El Tri?
Jaime Lozano coached the U-23 team that played in the 2020 Tokyo Olympicsand won the bronze medal, which is why he would call more players that were part of that roster, not only because he knows them but also because they already built chemistry on the pitch.