Argentina’s Gerardo Martino, Mexico’s coach, asserted that his team should not have lost 2-1 to Canada because his players annulled the rival in the Concacaf qualifying match heading to Qatar 2022.
We shouldn’t have lost. We made a correct first half, we canceled Canada’s offensive possibilities, although we lacked offensive play and depth. In the second half we had depth in the last 15 minutes, “said the coach.
Canada dominated the game against Mexico and took advantage thanks to a double by Cyle Larin, due to errors by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. It was difficult for the visiting team to generate danger options on the rival goal. He scored 2-1 through Héctor Herrera in compensation time.
Martino underscored the confidence he feels from his group of players, despite losing to the United States last Friday, and now against Canada.
“Seeing how we finished the game, I am convinced that the players and the coaching staff are going in the same direction. That’s why at this moment it occurs to me to improve and nothing else, “he emphasized.
With the defeat, Mexico remained at 14 points; the same as Panama, which it surpasses in goal difference; and fell to third place in the Concacaf tie. Canada is first in the rankings with 16 units and the United States second with 15.
In Concacaf the first three places qualify directly for the World Cup and the fourth place has the right to play a playoff.
The strategist acknowledged that his team must correct the failures in the last line and the aim in front of the enemy frame, since that has cost them to fall in their two recent games.
«We must improve in the offensive and defensive work; we have to reduce the errors that in the last games have made us lose ».
Gerardo Martino refuted the criticism against midfielder Héctor Herrera who scored the goal for his team.
“Héctor Herrera was the best player in Mexico today.”
The next game for the Mexican team in the Concacaf tie will be on January 27, 2022 when they visit Jamaica.