DOHA, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The technical director of the Mexican soccer team, the Argentine Gerardo “Tata” Martino, seeks to reconcile with the fans and leave behind the negative feelings generated by the poor results that the team obtained before the Cup of the world.
The “Tri” -as the Mexicans call their team- will seek to have a good performance in Qatar when they begin their participation against Poland in Group C on Tuesday.
“I don’t think that we, from a press conference, can modify what this team generates in the fans. People should feel identified with this team and it is our responsibility. On our side we will try to win the game to try to reverse that image that people have,” Martino said Monday at a press conference.
“What we always try to do is that the country is in tune and with the same objective, we try to make ourselves strong in our field, with the staff and the players. This team is very strong from the inside out, I don’t know if what happens outside makes us stronger, but inside,” he added.
Mexico, which only won eight of 17 games in 2022 before its debut in Qatar, has been the subject of strong criticism from the fans who see it as difficult for the team to get past the round of 16, an instance in which it has stayed since the start. 1994 World Cup.
“Our expectation is to be able to play the three games in the same way, that does not depend exclusively on us, we have to see if we or the rival are going to have supremacy. Now we deal with Poland, in general lines the first game directs the journey of a selection for one side or the other,” Martino said.
After facing Poland, Mexico will play Argentina and Saudi Arabia. (Written by Carlos Calvo Pacheco in Mexico City, edited by Daniela Desantis)