‘Tata’ Martino regretted the absence of players such as Raúl Jiménez, Johan Vásquez and ‘Chucky’ Lozano for the tie
Gerardo Martino made evident his annoyance over the absence of players such as Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano and Johan Vásquez for what will be his first qualifying match as coach of the Mexican team, particularly due to the fact that Wolverhampton did not want to lend to the battering ram due to the sanitary restrictions.
“What is lacking is a stronger decision from FIFA in relation to not releasing them or releasing them, but that is for all countries,” commented ‘Tata’ Martino at a press conference.
“Perhaps there is a lack of unanimity of criteria, because there are leagues where apparently there is a consensus where they do not go to certain places or countries that are in the red zone, just as there are players who have assisted with selection,” said Martino.
In the same way, He pointed out that there are teams that have not behaved up to the task, such as Wolverhampton, since El Tri did not pressure to summon Raúl Jiménez during the Gold Cup or previous FIFA dates and now, the same club refuses to give up the player.
“On the one hand, it is true, we have behaved in the FMF and coaching staff and at the time where Raúl was still passing the final part of his injury. It was also true that he did not play and it was a risk to have him with us and in training sessions. We never considered having him to play in the Gold Cup ”, continued the ‘Tata’.
“This reciprocity is usually passed by, but in matters that we must watch over our players, such as health, we are people who understand that health is above all things. Raúl was not a minor issue and we understood that at that time he should not be there and we were running a very great risk. Now, the Premier does not allow the exit and there is not that reciprocity that we would like to find. Those of Diego (Lainez), Héctor (Herrera), Lozano and Jiménez, are low, but we cannot stay behind the players that we lack. It is no excuse for us”.
Mexico will start its way to Qatar 2022 by receiving Jamaica on Thursday and then visiting Costa Rica on Sunday and they will close this first “round” of games by measuring themselves in a yard outside Panama.