Gerardo Martino, the center of the Mexican storm that lands in Qatar

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    Gerardo Martino is the coach of the Mexican national team What football team will participate in? In the World Cup in Qatar.

In a World Cup that was born surrounded by controversy, Mexico landed in Qatar with its own storm. And he has his own name. Everything Gerardo Martino does or says is subject to summary judgment and the Argentine always has to lose.

His last chapter, the 2-1 defeat against Sweden on Wednesday in the last friendly before the tournament. A stumble conceding a goal in the final stretch against a Nordic team on vacation, which was playing without the tension prior to a World Cup.

Different scenarios
Fans on social networks, former players and journalists fire mercilessly at 'Tata', to the point that the coach, with a mixture of grief and relief, thanked him for his support. asked a tactical question during a press conference in late September.

"It took a long time. It will take four years for someone to ask me a question of this nature. I thank you and everything you said is as is. I would go to give you a hug, “said the man from Rosario, who not even when he was leading Messi's Barcelona did he suffer from pain.” so much pressure.

This Thursday, on Qatari night, the Mexican expedition will land in Qatar. at Hamad International Airport. From there will scroll You will be at the Simaisma Murwab Resort, about 40 kilometers from Doha. 

And on Tuesday Poland arrives, their rival in the first day of a complicated group C that Argentina and Saudi Arabia complete.

Once again, the objective is to break the curse of the fifth game, finally playing the quarterfinals after seven consecutive eliminations in the round of 16, since they fell in this round in Italy-1990.

"From inside doors there is a scenario that evidently does not exist from doors to outside and this generates illusion for us. We are going to compete very well. Beyond that. “After a defeat you enter the locker room and the players are talking about football situations to correct,” said the player. the 'Tata' Thursday in Girona (Spain) after losing to Sweden.

Lainez and Giménez, the absences
Is there reason to believe? “The only thing that can change people is to have a good result, to have the best World Cup, nothing else is worth it,” acknowledged the player. Martino about how he can restore hope to the Mexican fans.

The latest wave of criticism of Martino came from Mexico. He left on Monday after his squad, mainly for not carrying two rising talents, Feyenoord striker Santiago Giménez and Braga midfielder Diego Lainez.

On the other hand, yes. saved A spot for Raúl Jiménez, a veteran striker who has dropped his performance since his serious blow to the head in 2020 and who also returns after groin pain.

Controversy and justicia
The coach is also questioned about the inclusion in the list of forward Rogelio Funes Mori, an Argentine nationalized Mexican, with little activity with Monterrey in recent championships and considered a protégé of the 'Tata'.

Among the biggest critics of the Argentine, the Mexican legend Hugo Sánchez, who ran for the nomination. to take charge of the team a month and a half before the World Cup. "I deeply regret that the "Tata" Martino is the technical director of the national team”, reiterated the president. the former goalscorer for Real Madrid.

Another glory of the Tri, the charismatic goalkeeper Jorge Campos, appears in the depleted ranks of their defenders. “Martino for nothing (he is to blame for everything). Everyone goes against the coach, but he wasn't there 15, 20 or five years ago,” he said. on Wednesday on ESPN.

Once again, Mexico arrives at the World Cup shaken by his ghosts. “In our football there is controversy, but justice is always sought,” acknowledges the manifesto that is included in the pre-competition dossier delivered to the press.

With more s than 70,000 Mexican fans displaced to Qatar despite low expectations, as always will be the case. It's up to the ball to determine who is right.

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