Now that Mexico National Team know that they have less than eight months to prepare for the World Cup, as they know who are the teams that they’re facing in the group stage, is evident that there needs to be changes in the roster if they want to be able to compete.
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The Aztec squad will need to improve their offense if they want to have a chance against Poland and Argentina, the two toughest games they’ll play in the group stage, as the current players weren’t able to crush their CONCACAF rivals, who are far from the level that Poland and Argentina have.
The three players that Gerardo “Tata” Martino decided to regularly use, Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, Raúl Jiménez, and Hirving “Chucky” Lozano, weren’t able to score a single goal in the over 400 minutes they shared together on the pitch.
El Tri looked slightly better when one of them wasn’t on the pitch, whether Alexis Vega or Uriel Antuna took their place on the pitch, but Martino hasn’t always considered them to be the best options, as he often prefers to give Diego Lainez more playing time.
Lainez is taking Marcelo Flores chance to play with El Tri
Even if Diego Lainez is still 21 and has a career ahead of him to prove why he was considered to be one of the most talented players that Mexico had, it’s no lie to say that, at least for now, he’s not in a place where he can be considered a national team-worthy player.
In the current season he’s played only 12 games of the 47 that Real Betis has disputed so far, playing less than 5 percent of the minutes and with only two goals scored, both in the early stages of Copa del Rey, but still Martino hasn’t stopped calling him.
He’s on track to be part of the final roster that Martino takes to Qatar 2022, as Televisa keeps backing him up, not even caring if they’re closing the door to better players like Marcelo Flores, who already had his first call-up for an Arsenal game in Premier League.
Will Flores be part of Martino’s roster?
So far, Martino has only considered him for a friendly match, were Flores played less than 10 minutes. But the Argentine coach already said that he plans on using young players for the friendly games and CONCACAF Nations League first round, where Flores could show what he’s capable of and finally eanr his call for Qatar.