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Tata Martino: “No player is guaranteed a place at the Qatar World Cup”

The Mexico coach was clear about his selection process, stressing that no one has a reserved place in the final list for the World Cup.

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Mexico's head coach Gerardo Martino looks on during the international friendly football match between Mexico and Paraguay at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on August 31, 2022. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage / AFP)
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The 2022 Qatar World Cup is getting closer and Mexico will be warming up for the tournament in September international window. The list of players who will be taking part in those friendlies will practically remain unchanged up until the World Cup but national team coach Gerardo Martino insists that he has not spoken with any player regarding whether they will be in the World Cup squad or not.

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Speaking in Los Angeles, Martino made it clear that no player is guaranteed a place at Qatar 2022, while adding it will be the players who best fit into the system he is trying to develop that will ultimately make the squad.

“I haven’t spoken to any player in particular about whether they will be guaranteed a place at the World Cup - even though there are more certainties than questions because there are less than 60 days left before the final list has to be submitted. In the definitive list for the World Cup, we will try to choose the 26 players who are closest to our idea of the game and who can give us answers in our matches,” he explained.

Tecatito with a chance to be at Qatar 2022

El Tri’s coach added that Jesús Manuel Corona still has a chance to be at the World Cup, as he has already begun his recovery process. By October, he could be back in action and ready to play.

“Jesús Manuel Corona is undergoing rehabilitation in Seville and we are hoping that by the first week of October he will be able to start working with us and have a chance of fighting for a place,” said Tata.

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