Friday, January 27, 2023

After failure in Qatar, Mexico seeks to reform by 2026

Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Photo The Time: Associated Press.

After completing their worst World Cup campaign in more than 40 years, Mexico nursed their wounds on Thursday. The shipwreck of the El Tri in Qatar ended a streak of seven consecutive qualifications in the second stage. He took 317 minutes and scored 431 matches to score in the Middle East that closed out his participation at Russia 2018, and was knocked out in the round of 16 on goal difference, his all-time highest scorer in the world. was high level. Cup away from home.

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, playing in his fifth World Cup, said, “The team gave themselves, entered and we created chances and we were able to score more goals, but we were not well, it’s a shame because the team sweated.” shed.” The first Mexican elimination in the group stages since Argentina 1978 opens up space for analysis of the Mexican World Cup process.

Mexican defender Hector Moreno and goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera hug at the end of the match against Saudi Arabia. Photo The Time: Associated Press.
what was wrong?

Mexico lacked goals largely because Martino stuck to the letter with a 4–3–3 scheme that did not have internal midfielders in optimal positions to pose a threat. Andrés Guardado and Héctor Herrera, the two fundamental pieces of that formation, no longer have the depth of the arrivals of other years.

Mexico’s dynamism improved with the accession of Luis Chávez. It is no coincidence that the Pachuca player played every possible minute in Qatar. In official matches, Martino only twice resorted to the block of five defenders. Scored tries in defense and counterattacks against Canada in the qualifiers and in a 2–0 loss against Argentina in Qatar. The 4-2-1-2 that he used against the Arabs was phenomenal and it was when the team looked better in attack.

“We are the ones who played, and in the second game we didn’t understand what (Martino) wanted to take,” Chavez said. “We defended ourselves well, but we didn’t create a threat and that’s how you can’t score goals and we lost the game.” Martino himself admitted in a press conference that the match against Argentina was badly planned and that after being held to naught in the first half, he had to revert to his normal plan and wanted to attack more.

What needs to be fixed?

At the World Cup in Qatar, it became clear that Mexico lacked players who could solve matches. Centre-forwards and creative midfielders are rare. Its background probably relates to local tournaments, where those slots are usually filled by foreign or non-national players.

Martino talked about the problem for four years, but nothing changed. After the elimination, the Argentine coach did not want to divulge details about the ills of Mexican football. He said he would give a report to the leaders of the Mexican Federation, and if they would let him know.

Martino said, “What I have seen, I have discussed with the president (of the union) and it has been the reason for many meetings, not for the near future (del tri) but for the distant future.” “The prudent thing is that the report should be made by those who are in charge of revising something in the future of Mexican soccer. To highlight this outside would be to escalate a debate that I don’t know if it will contain anything.

In addition to the abundance of foreigners, Martino has said that more Mexican players need to go to Europe. Only nine of the current squad play on that continent. In Russia 2018, Mexico came in with 12.

What will happen next?

First, Mexico must look for a new coach for the 2026 World Cup, for which it is automatically qualified due to its status as hosts along with Canada and the United States. Martino confirmed that his contract with the national team expired with the final whistle against Saudi Arabia and that due to the poor result, he could hardly believe that he would be considered to remain in charge.

“I don’t think the decision to bring Martino was a bad one, if you look at his resume it’s a good one,” Miguel Herrera, TRAI’s coach at Brazil 2014 and analyst for US network Telemundo, told The Associated Press. “The idea was that he would come to show other things and he would deliver a quality blow that wasn’t a given, but it really wasn’t a bad bet.” Candidate? El “Piojo” Herrera and Jaime Lozano are the Mexicans who sound the most. Lozano was in charge of the U23 team that won the bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Foreign names will also be considered. Uruguayan Guillermo Almada has gone from strength to strength after taking on the Pachuca champions in the last Apertura tournament. And Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, who recently spent with Paris Saint-Germain, has entered the discussion. After Russia dropped out in 2018, the leaders opted for the continuation of Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, who declined the offer.

Di Luisa has not given a statement after the defeat to know the plans. Ochoa said, “You shouldn’t judge by the result whether we’re making progress or not, some good things are being done, it’s a mistake every four years that one process ends and you start another. ” “It’s a mistake and from experience we shouldn’t do it”


Within the shock of being left at the World Cup in the first stage after progressing to the second stage seven times in a row, Martinho’s process partly followed the generational change that was required. In Qatar, however, the Mexicans had two debutants in their fifth World Cup – Ochoa and Guardado – and they had the tournament’s oldest player, Alfredo Talavera, who is mentioned in 16 of 26 World Cup debutants.

Players like Jorge Sanchez, César Montes, Kevin Álvarez, Carlos Rodríguez and Chávez were able to play their first minutes and will certainly be essential players for 2026. The Gold Cup won’t be enough, Ochoa said. “I spoke to him, I told him that not everyone can experience the World Cup and we are lucky to be here.”

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