“In the case of Carlos Vela, he told me about three and a half years ago that he preferred not to be called up for the national team. And, well, that hasn’t changed. In the case of Javier, simply and as I said on all occasions (previously) I have decided on other center forwards”, assured the Argentine technical director in a press conference.
When Martino was questioned about the situation of the 9th place in the national team, he admitted that his choice from day one is Raul JimenezHowever, he specified that the injury he suffers “is not allowing you to play continuously”. “In any case, what gives me satisfaction is that we are not in trouble due to shortages, but that we have to define the situation between four footballers. It is clear that the four are not going to go (to the World Cup)”, he added. “Undoubtedly, if there are four players who later have plenty of reasons to be there, the controversy will be over whoever is left out (…). But I always prefer that the problem is abundance and not scarcity”, he concluded.
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Among the players who were called up for these two warm-up friendly matches, on Saturday against Peru and against Colombia, the four strikers that Martino referred to without mentioning them appear: Henry Martin (America), Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey) and Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton).
Likewise, the coach said that, currently and with the World Cup that is already just around the corner, he has “more certainties than doubts” on the names that will make up the final call.
Likewise, he admitted that with his decisions he may be “unfair” with someone who would also deserve to go to Qatar. “Within all this the discussion is generated. I have rarely seen debates as constant as they are in Mexico regarding short-term players with good performance who immediately have to be in the national team (…). It’s something we expose ourselves to. But we hope to have the best 26Martino said.
Despite the poor results and the lack of goals in recent games, Martino refuted the pessimism that currently revolves around the Mexican team and stressed that there were good moments of the game in the 0-0 draw against Ecuador and the 0-1 defeat against Paraguay.
“I think we are starting to see signs of recovery. What I am seeing in the days that we have been training generates a lot of enthusiasm for me”, explained the naciomal technician.
“We have to speak for what the team does on the field. That will surely bring us closer to the people. It’s not me or a player in a press conference who can feed people’s illusion. This is fed from the behavior of the team in each of the games”, he concluded.
With information from the EFE Agency.