Even if the results were favorable for Mexico National Team during most of the CONCACAF Qualifiers, there’s a lot of things that Gerardo “Tata” Martino needs to improve prior the 2022 FIFA World Cup, as they will face a tough group that will take advantage of the weaknesses of El Tri.
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Gerardo Martino himself has said that there’s a lot of things that didn’t work during the Qualifying games but now that they have seven months to solve those problems, especially from the midfield up, as they haven’t been able to connect with the offense.
The fact that the three starting strikers, Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, Raúl Jiménez, and Hirving “Chucky” Lozano couldn’t score a single goal when the three of them were on the pitch, is something that Martino will have to work on before Qatar 2022.
The bright side for the Mexican squad is that they found the starting defenders, with Guillermo Ochoa on the goal, Gerardo Arteaga as left-back, Johan Vásquez and César Montesas center backs and Jorge Sánchez as right-back, although they can still add another defender to improve the competition.
A new naturalized player is in Martino’s radar
Gerardo Martino is no stranger to giving chances for naturalized players in the national teams he’s coached, as he already did it with Paraguay, Argentina, and even with Mexico, where he called Rogelio Funes Mori as soon as he acquired the Mexican citizenship.
But Funes Mori won’t be the only naturalized in El Tri, as Matheus Dória recently said that he’s on the last stages of becoming a Mexican citizen, as he´ll have his citizenship test in May. After that date, he’ll be eligible to play for the Mexican national team.
Dória is one of the best defenders in Liga MX, after establishing as an essential player in Santos Laguna and even has earned the captain bracelet, which is why Martino won’t hesitate to call him, as his experience and leadership will be of great use for the Aztec squad.
There could be a third naturalized in El Tri
It’s yet to be seen who are going to be the strikers in the final roster, as neither Henry Martín nor Funes Mori have been able to score constantly. That’s why Julio Furch, who is also on the process of becoming a Mexican citizen, could sneak in the final roster, as he’s been on the top 10 of scorers in Liga MX since he arrived in Mexico in 2015.