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El Tri goes well with Martino, but there is a long way to go, says Lapuente

Erendira Palma Hernandez

La Jornada newspaper
Friday, November 20, 2020, p. 9

Manuel Lapuente recognized the work of Gerardo Martino at the head of Tricolor by pointing out that the friendly matches have been well won since he took over the bench, but we cannot sing flight, we are doing well and there is still a long way to go.

The former helmsman of the national team considered that we should not be exaggerated with the results obtained. We can only say that the team is doing well, but adjustments are still missing, such as the proper incorporation of the wings and working on a good definition, if you are going to attack, do it with everything.

Although the Mexican team beat South Korea and Japan on the most recent FIFA date, during the matches they suffered in the first half, in which the attackers Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano and Jesús Corona were denied a goal. It was until the complement when they managed to specify.

Details to be corrected

For Lapuente, correcting and achieving a good definition is only a matter of practice, but you must also work on the mentality of the players. They have to remove pride. For reaching the goal or generating danger cannot be trusted, first it is scored and then it is celebrated, he pointed out.

However, he made it clear that despite the failures in front of the goal, it is a step forward to create those plays. He stressed the importance of improving in this regard, because in an official tournament or a World Cup it would be a serious offense, at great cost; remember, it already happened to us with Germany (in France 1998).

He asserted that although the friendly duels allow the coach to make an analysis to conform to the starting 11, the players must be aware that they are going to earn their place in the team and to do so they must give everything, only then will the coach have confidence in them.

He applauded that Martino has demanded encounters with important rivals, who did not come to surrender, and that the Mexican Soccer Federation has agreed to do these matches, remembering when the Tricolor, under his command, won the 1999 Confederations Cup.

At that time we did several international tours. What I was looking for was achieved and now it can be easier. Before the Confederations we went to South America, then to Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and the United States.