Tata Martino changes focus after a 2-0 loss to USMNT


Mexico’s head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino played down his team’s 2-0 loss to the United States on Friday night, adding that the focus now is on regaining its lead at the top of the Concacaf World Cup qualifying table.

El Tri’s loss allowed the United States to climb to the top with 14 points in seven games and a record of 4-2-1. While the two nations are tied on points, the American side beat their North American rival by a goal difference of seven.

USMNT’s victory also marked their third straight win over Mexico in 2021, after the Nations League and Gold Cup triumphs this summer. The last time the American side succeeded in this record was in the mid-2000s.

Despite the statistics, Martino claimed that the team’s third loss is not an issue of importance at the moment.

“It’s not a matter of losing three games against the USA, the situation is to continue to recover in the qualifiers, it is not a personal confrontation against the USA,” Martino said after the match.

“I understand the importance of being a Clásico, having three losses against a rival that all Mexicans want to beat, but what we need to worry about most is redirecting the Eliminators.”

The head coach also went on to make it clear that he does not believe the team is suffering from defensive problems.

“The game had changing moments, we were the first we had to meet in the first half with clear opportunities, the possession was divided and what I feel is that in the second half we lowered the intensity a bit,” he said.

“The reality is that we had played six games and we had three goals against, I do not think we had defensive problems, it is true that the United States scored two goals. But it is also true that we did not do it in the first season. points and we played with a midfielder who had not played together, I do not think it was our Achilles’ heel throughout the playoffs. “

Mexico succeeded with eight overall shots and four on goal throughout the match and recorded 49 percent ball possession.

El Tri travels to Canada on Tuesday as the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers continue.

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