A ‘Loco’ for El Tri: Marcelo Bielsa could take the reins of Mexico to replace the booed Tata Martino


Marcelo 'El Loco' Bielsa is out of work after being fired from Leeds United in England.

Marcelo 鈥楨l Loco鈥 Bielsa is out of work after being fired from Leeds United in England.

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The waters are in turmoil within El Tri after the team once again failed to beat its main rival in Concacaf, the United States. Last Thursday, those led by Gerardo 鈥楾ata鈥 Martino did not go beyond 0-0 against the North Americans at the Azteca Stadium.

Such was the disappointment of the result that the fans booed the Argentine coach just after the match, as well as the rest of the players.

The high command of the Federation they would already be probing options to replace the Tata after the Qatar 2022 World Cup, counting on the team ending up qualifying for the top event in world football.

Martino鈥檚 teacher, the one who directed him in Argentina and from whom he learned everything as a coach, would be the one to replace him in charge of El Tri: Marcelo 鈥淓l Loco鈥 Bielsa.

After directing Leeds United in England (fired due to poor results), Bielsa is without a job. Several South American soccer teams are interested in having their services, mainly in Argentina and Chile.

Mexican media point out that although it is not a decision that El Loco leads Mexico, it is an option more than possible after Mexico disputes the World Cup.

Bielsa already knows the responsibility that comes with being on the bench of a national team. Between 1998 and 2004 he coached his Argentina, and then Chile between 2007 and 2011. He played with the first team in the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup; while the project with the 鈥楻ed鈥 materialized with the qualification for the 2010 South African Cup.

Another team competes with El Tri for Marcelo Bielsa

In Southamerica another selection is interested in the services of Bielsa and it is Bolivia. After another fiasco in the World Cup Qualifiers, this time led by the Venezuelan C茅sar Far铆as, the highlands continue to seek to be present at another top event.

Recently, the president of the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF), Fernando Costa, stated that they have already contacted the representative of the Argentine coach to find out his demands and expectations: 鈥淲e know that Bolivia has a lot of talent and it is not far from us to participate in a World Cup.鈥

Bielsa and Mexico

Despite being part of the history of Mexican soccer for everything achieved with the Atlas (where he created a precedent, a school), El Loco does not have a good relationship with the nation鈥檚 clubs.

In 2010 in command of Chile fired strong criticism against the Liga MX system of hiring players: 鈥淚n Mexico, if there is something that denigrates the soccer player, it is the Draft, ask any player there. It is true that in football the opinion of the player always counts for little, but the Draft is the exaltation of the worst of all this鈥.

Those comments were not liked at the club level or the national team and moved him away from the Aztec orbit. Even his critical position of him kept him from being the favorite to occupy the bench of the 脕guilas del Am茅rica after the dismissal of Santiago Solari.

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