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Gerardo Martino wants to manage Mexico at the World Cup

The head coach has been under pressure due to the poor results of the Mexico national team in the last six games, but he is optimistic that things will change.

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Gerardo Martino wants to manage Mexico at the World Cup

The Mexico national team has only won once in their last six matches and this has put manager Gerardo Martino under pressure with the country’s soccer federation. Things started to go south for ‘El Tri’ since losing 3-2 against Ecuador in October in an exhibition match. Then they returned for the last international break in 2021 with two back-to-back defeats in the qualifiers.

Mexico first lost to the United States men’s national team 2-0 and then 2-1 against Canada in away matches. These results left them in third place in the World Cup qualifiers in CONCACAF. Before 2021 ended, they played a friendly game against Chile and it ended in a 2-2 draw. Mexico returned to action in the qualifiers this year with a 2-1 win against Jamaica and then a scoreless draw against Costa Rica.

Martino optimistic despite latest results

‘El Tri’ will end the first international window of the year playing against Panama at the Azteca stadium on Wednesday night. The coach of the Mexico national team, Martino, is optimistic that the results will change and he will lead the team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November.

“I have not received an ultimatum by the Mexican soccer federation, but I am aware of what I have to do to keep the job. We will face Panama with high hopes to secure the second place in the round-robin tournament and we are very focused on the upcoming game. Panama is the only thing on my mind right now,” said Martino during Tuesday’s press conference.

“I am aware of the situation and I know the pressure that starts piling up with the negative results. We are still in charge of the process that started three years ago and in the first two years the results were fantastic. Things have taken a turn in the last six months, but it is normal when you manage a national team,” he added.

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