MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – After nearly 40 days of concentration and five games, the Mexican team will take a few months off before starting preparations for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino and 23 players returned to Mexico City early on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw with Jamaica and will not meet again until the end of August for a friendly against Paraguay.
But, what did those meetings leave for Mexico in front of the World Cup?
the team is almost done
Although Martino wanted to be careful not to discourage the large group that he mentioned in the last call, it appears clear that the 16 players he released before the League of Nations are safely on the Qatar roster. Huh.
If those 16 players were combined with others who were regulars in qualifiers and were now absent due to injury, such as Rogelio Funes Mori, Carlos Rodriguez and Hirving Lozano, this figure would increase to 19 out of 26 probables. which will be permitted by FIFA. world Cup.
If the governing body confirms 26, four places will be for goalkeepers and the door will open for Carlos Acevedo and Rodolfo Cota, substitutes for starter Guillermo Ochoa and first substitute Alfredo Talavera, leaving only five places in contention.
Martino said that the blanks against Paraguay, outside FIFA’s dates, will probably call in new faces who raise doubts in him. But this will be the last game to experience.
who is surprised
Of the group he cited, “Tata” Martino praised everyone’s competitiveness, but on more than one occasion he stopped to highlight two players in particular: Fernando Beltrán and Diego Lanez. They were among the few to play in both Nations League games.
Chivas’ midfielder “Nene” Beltrán got his first chance with the senior team and made a notable partnership against Suriname, as well as completing Lineez, who contributed to an imbalance on the right wing.
“Diego has been good, I repeat it, but there is still time ahead and there is no need to rush, we have spoken with him and he is very clear what he wants to do and my opinion about his future.” It is,” Martino said.
Lanez plays for Betis in Spain but has a few minutes to spare and could look for another destination that would allow him to play more before the World Cup.
Another player who shone and played both games, although he was not specifically mentioned by Martino, was Luis Chávez, a Pachuca midfielder.
The fact that Martino softened his tough stance regarding the return of Javier Hernandez to the national team is no accident. After the last five games, it is likely to soften a bit as in all those games it was clear that none of the centre-forwards is having a good time.
Raul Jimenez missed two clear opportunities in matches against Uruguay and Ecuador.
Henri Martin got chances in several games, including starting against a weak Suriname and did not even come close to scoring, as did Santiago Jiménez, who did not score a single shot on goal against Jamaica.
Phanes Mori was not called on the occasion and has just returned to the court with an injury. Probably Martino will wait for the first opening dates to see his level.
“Tata” said he had already spoken with “Chicharito” Hernandez and that he planned a second conversation with the team’s historic scorer.
If the current striker continues as before, that call will come sooner rather than later.