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The signing of Diego Laínezwinger of Spanish Real Betis, to the Tigres UANL is “very advanced”, assured this Friday the trainer of the cats, the Argentine Diego Coca.
“Diego Lainez is very advanced. We have the best references of him, He is a player who has excelled in Mexican soccer and knows what it means to be a great team and to be a champion.“, explained the strategist who made Atlas two-time champion in the two tournaments of the 2021-2022 season of local football.
Lainez, a 22-year-old Mexican winger, is on loan from Betis to Portuguese side Braga, club who, according to local press reports, is no longer interested in having him in their ranks.
Given this, Betis has sought other options for the winner of the Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo 2020, who interests Cocca because it is a profile that he does not have in the Tigers.
“Players like Lainez are important. If it shuts us down for the team and it’s a feature we don’t have, Tigres is open to incorporating that class of players“, Cocca commented a week ago.
At the press conference this Friday, the 50-year-old coach stated that both Miguel Herrera and the Uruguayan Guillermo Almada would play a good role as Mexico coaches.
The Mexican, coach of the Tri in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the Uruguayan are, according to reports from the Mexican media, the main options to fill the position left vacant by Argentine Gerardo Martinoafter the elimination of Mexico in the group stage of Qatar 2022.
“Both Miguel and Almada have the ability to lead the teambut it is important to generate the context for Mexican soccer to progress. Football belongs to the players, when you have good and well-trained players, everything is easierCocca added.
On the return of Mexico to the Copa América, in the 2024 edition, and a new club tournament in which two from Concacaf will face off against two from Conmebol, The Argentine described this measure as positive.
“I have no doubts that Mexican soccer is going to do very well. The South Americans are contexts that Mexico is not used to. Go play with the visiting public, all against. Disadvantages that are not used to become more competitive“, he sentenced.
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