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Duilio Davino on Mexico situation: “We’re a bit stuck”

The new sports director of Mexico’s Men’s national teams admits that the ‘Tri’ is not experiencing its best moment.

The new sports director of Mexico's Men’s national teams admits that the ‘Tri’ is not experiencing its best moment.
Juan Luis Diaz

Duilio Davino became the new sports director of Mexcio’s Men’s national teams in one of the many changes that were made by the Mexican Football Federation after Qatar 2022. Davino joins the organization with the mission of elevating the national team and creating a successful project in the years leading up to the 2026 World Cup. However, just a few days after his arrival, he admitted that there is a lot of work to be done and that as a team, Mexico has become “a bit stagnant”. He will work with what he has to build a base that will deliver results.

With the CONCACAF Nations League Final Four just a couple of weeks away, Davino recognized that Mexico is not at its best level. The team will face the United States in the semi-final and possibly Canada in the final - if they advance. It will be a chance for El Tri to put their recent World Cup disappointment behind them and hopefully, move forward.

“What we do have is go up a level. We are a bit stagnant at the moment, we are stuck but we have to move forward. We have to continue growing. I think we have the talent, the ability, the fans... we have everything we need to do it” said Davino in an interview for TUDN.

Regarding the level of USMNT and Canadians, Duilio assured: “I believe that the statistics tell one side of the story. What I can tell you is that the current United States side is nothing like the US side which I played against - it has grown a lot. Canada too has grown a lot. In my time, there were some very strong Central American teams who have fallen down the order, as football has changed and developed”.

Busy summer ahead

Diego Cocca’s Mexico will have an intense summer with the CONCACAF Nations League and then the Gold Cup - two tournaments that could make or break the Argentine coach. When asked about that, Davino explained: “I’m not walking around with my eyes closed, we know that people are not happy, that they want to see something else. The word obligation? Believe me, we are going to want to win more than anyone and we are going to try. After that they are going to review our work. We know that they are tournaments coming up and that we have to win them. We are not thinking of another scenario, we are thinking that we are going to win them”.


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