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After a long silence after the failure in command of the Mexican National Team and consummated his departure from the team, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino had his first words to the press. The strategist offered an interview to the radio program Deporte Total 780 in Paraguay and admitted the “failure” that was the result obtained in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
“In any case, I understand that it is not the expected result, that it is a failure for us because Mexico came from 7 World Cups systematically qualifying for the round of 16 and we have not been able to continue at least with that trend,” Martino said in a conversation via telephone.
The Argentine coach too highlighted the time he was in charge of the Mexican National Team, which he described as “an honor” and left the performance of the squad that led to the World Cup on a good footing, despite the fact that the expected results were not achieved.
“We competed very well in the three games, I don’t think we reached our best level in the first two years, but we did improve much compared to last year, especially at the time of the playoffs,” he said.
Tata Martino, accused by a sector of the press of having delivered the match that Mexico faced against Argentina on the second date of the World Cup, dedicated praise for Lionel Messiwho captained the Albiceleste on their way to lifting the long-awaited trophy.
“The best footballer of these times needed the best for him (…) It seems logical to me,” said the experienced coach.