- Gerrard “Tata” Martino was in a much worse mood than Czeslaw Micniewicz in the conference ahead of Tuesday’s Group C game.
- Argentina coach is being censored by Mexican journalists. The reason for the quarrel is not the best outcome, as well as the position of his accusations. El Tri players have been accused of being a lack of intensity during matches
- When the issue was brought up at Monday’s press conference, the Mexico coach gave up at one point
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Correspondence from Doha
“No matter what happens on the field, we always want to work for our country. We do everything we can to present ourselves in the best possible way. We’ve been working on each other a lot lately. The Mexico national team coach started calmly, we’ll see if it works out.”
There was also a question about Robert Lewandowski. “This is the World Cup, you play against such players here. Is it Lewandowski or someone else? Pole is a very ambitious player. I wish him and Barcelona all the best for the future.”
Martino understands that Czeslaw Micniewicz was preparing a different defensive formation for the match against Mexico. “If tactics change, our national team’s playing style must also adapt. We must watch how Poland will play, but we must also be sure of our plan – the Mexico coach noted.
The Argentine is aware of the expectations placed on him. “Expectations are always high. People sympathize with the national team, it’s a big responsibility. We’ve done our best to prepare for these competitions as best as possible,” said the El Tri coach.
Martino did not want to refer to the Argentine match that awaits them in the second round. We have a very complex group. We will talk about Argentina when necessary. He is the favorite not only of our group, but of the entire tournament. On the other hand, the El Tri coach indicated that Saudi Arabia had more time to prepare for this tournament.
This will be the second World Cup for the 60-year-old. In 2010, he won a group with Slovakia, New Zealand and Italy. In the 1/8 finals, the South American team dealt with Japan in a penalty shootout. They finished in the quarter-finals, which Spain won 1-0, then won the title.
“I am very excited about the World Cup, better than South Africa. I remember what happened in the past. It seems to me that we are in a similar situation to Paraguay at that time,” Martino said.
“Maybe the previous results were not the best, but the match was good,” the coach of the Poles’ closest rival admitted. “Now it seems to me that we have managed to prepare for the tournament. We have done everything we can to prepare ourselves as best we can, ”remarked the Mexico coach. “The key is to get good results, along with results. You can play beautiful football, but the goal is to win in those 90 minutes.”
On Monday, there was yet another example of how bad the relationship between the coach and the journalists can be. Someone accused Martino of Mexico not playing intensely, which translated into worse results. When Al-Mukhtar responded sarcastically, the journalist took up the topic again. The coach didn’t listen to his arguments anymore and just interrupted him.
“Excuse me, I wanted to say something.” I prefer not to relate to what you say. Martino said I’d rather trust other experts than you.
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