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Written by Martin Graham | 5 June 2022
Mexico coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino was clearly disappointed by his side’s lackluster performance against Uruguay in Thursday’s friendly, suggesting that the team is far from ready for a serious challenge at the 2022 World Cup.
“The truth is we’re not ready,” a frustrated Martino said at his post-match press conference when asked about his team’s readiness for the competition that will begin in less than six months. According to Martino, the team is in no way near the level he expects at the moment.
He added: “If we analyze today’s match, we are a bit far, but I know it is just a friendly match and I also know that we scored a very important goal in leading Mexico to another World Cup.” Mexicans have a thing or two to worry about given how they pick Uruguayans away from them with such ease and little effort.
Martino hopes to solve problems before the World Cup
The experienced coach also noted that while the result of the friendly match was disappointing, he is sure that the problems can be resolved before the tournament begins in Qatar. “That’s part of the preparation and in the preparations, you have your ups and downs. To be honest, if I wasn’t convinced we could turn back, I wouldn’t be here.”
Backed by more than 50,000 Mexican fans at State Farm Stadium in Arizona, El tri was flattered to cheat and look away from the pace. The Uruguayans dominated goal and were tough in front of goal thanks to a display like the hunter by Talisman Edinson Cavani. The former Manchester United striker was in great shape and scored two goals in the second half.
My hitman goal silenced the roaring Mexican crowd. The head coach of the Mexican national team caused a sensation in the media when he chose a starting lineup of 11 players with five defenders. But in his pressure after the match, he tried to point out the positives from the highly disappointing match.
“In the first half, the team played well. In the second half, Uruguay played really well. We had two chances to score. [in the first 45 minutes]. But in the first half we were equal. ”The coach explained.