Gerardo “Tata” Martino hasn’t decided yet who are going to be the players that he takes to Qatar 2022, as there’s still a lot of doubts about El Tri’s performances, especially from midfield up. But the lack of certainty gives some of the players that haven’t been considered a chance to convince him.
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El Tri had weak performances during the CONCACAF Qualifiers, where they couldn’t impose conditions against teams that aren’t a challenge like Poland or Argentina, which is why Martino will use the friendly games that the Aztec squad will play before Qatar 2022 to solve the biggest issues they showed.
The first game that the Mexican national team will face will be against Guatemala on April 27, a game where Martino won’t have any of the European players given that it’s not a FIFA match window, opening the door for players from Liga MX and even from MLS.
But with Pumas playing the final of the CONCACAF Champions League that same day, the Argentine coach will have to fill some of the spots where he had already considered to call Pumas players, especially on the defense, as Alan Mozo and Arturo “Palermo” Ortíz.
A blacklisted player wants to return to El Tri
Since Gerardo Martino arrived at El Tri in 2019, he has backlisted a few players from the Aztec squad due to different situations, most of them for reasons out of sports and that happened even before he arrived, but others happened right in front of his eyes.
Carlos Salcedo is one of the players that lost his place in El Tri after being involved in a fight with Jorge Theiler, “Tata” Martino’s assistant coach, during the final of the 2021 Gold Cup. Since then, “El Titán” has been erased from any call ups.
But according to reports from sports journalist David Medrano, Salcedo still wants to be considered for El Tri’s final roster for Qatar 2022 and he already spoke with Gerardo Martino to apologize, although it’s yet to be seen if the Argentine coach gives him a second chance.
Will he make it to Qatar?
According to the same report, Martino will consider Carlos Salcedo for the friendly games and the two matches that El Tri will play for the CONCACAF Nations League, although if he earns a spot on the roster, he won’t be a starter, as Johan Vásquez and César Montes have emerged as the top defenders.