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These days are sad for the Mexican National Team and in general for the entire Federation. El Tri was eliminated in the group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup and besides meaning a failure for the proposed objectives (quarterfinals), it is the second worst performance of the team in world cups since Argentina 78 ′.
The main one pointed out is the coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, accused of making bad decisions that led the National Team to not be able to beat Poland and then fall against Argentina, including some discomfort for not winning solidly in the last game against Arabia Saudi in Group C.
In this context, there have been many voices that have attacked the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) and Tata Martino, to which the former player joins Jared Borgetti. The man from Sinaloa played two World Cups with El Tri (Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006) and knows the pressure that exists in the highest tournament, something that forces the occupant of the bench to make quick and intelligent decisions.
Taking advantage of his participation in the table of Spicy Soccer of ESPNBorgetti expressed his sadness and anger at the result. “We are cheeky, we don’t care, because we go to the front, because we believe in what we can do”Jared said about the characteristics of Mexican soccer and what was missing to stand up to Argentina in the second day.
“In this World Cup we did not do it until the third game, when we were threatened,” said the retired former player, already pointing – without naming – Gerardo Martino who was in charge of all the tactics of El Tri.
About the last game, in which Mexico beat Saudi Arabia 2-1 and fell short since with one more goal they got into the round of 16, he was categorical in his doubt: “Why did you take so long to get another striker? Why did it take you so long to make a change?
He also hinted at the bad work of Tata Martino’s assistants: “They are there to tell you what you can do (…) not just to say ‘yes, sir'”. But the players also carried part of Borgetti’s anger: “They have the capacity, experience and hierarchy to say that they do not agree”the latter in reference to Luis Chávez’s remarks that they did not understand his coach’s defensive approach before facing the Albiceleste.
The Mexican National Team will close a disastrous 2022 without a coach, the departure of the Argentine Tata Martino already known. The FMF announced important changes that allow it to address the situation, mainly in view of the World Cup that the Aztec nation will host together with the United States and Canada.