El Tri requires more extensive concentrations, considers Romano

Karla Torrijos

La Jornada newspaper
Thursday, November 19, 2020, p. a10

For the Mexican team to be able to improve its performance and be more forceful “it takes more time for teamwork, because only in this way can the style of play proposed by the coach (Gerardo Tata Martino) be perfectly assimilated”, the coach considered. Rubén Omar Romano, who, in this sense, highlighted the importance of clubs yielding their players to the Tricolor for longer periods.

He mentioned that if the national representative had more extensive concentrations, episodes as bad as the first minutes of the friendly match last Tuesday against Japan would probably be avoided, in which the operation of the national representation was not so effective.

“It was a first half where the Japanese team looked superior, the good thing was that Martino was able to rearrange things and Mexico showed another face, he had the forcefulness that he failed to have against South Korea (last Saturday).

“In general, I think these two games were a good test for El Tri, as they were very difficult opponents. Since the arrival of Tata I perceive a safe team on the pitch, with a very clear idea, which will obviously improve as I can work more with them.

Sometimes it is difficult to get this type of encounter in European lands and with quality teams, but you have to continue fighting, it is essential that the players take advantage of other latitudes and under conditions different from those they are used to, he said.

Although he applauded the positive results that the tricolor team obtained in its two recent mini-tours of Europe, where it reaped three wins (against the Netherlands, South Korea and Japan) and a draw (against Algeria), the Argentine helmsman estimated that it is still necessary know how to handle that high pressure that is experienced against hierarchical rivals.

He stressed that it is essential that Mexican teams participate again in the Copa América, the Libertadores, and compete in other places, with a different type of pressure, as that strengthens the mentality of the players.

Regarding Raúl Jiménez, who currently plays for Wolverhampton and contributed a goal in the 2-0 win against Japan, the coach said that he still needs to gain more experience to be considered the leader of Tri.

No, I still do not see him as the benchmark of the Mexican team, although he has had a very good performance in his first stage, we still have to wait for him to consolidate a little more, hopefully he will become an attacker who contributes many goals the Tricolor, he mentioned.

He also considered that the performance of goalkeeper Guillemo Ochoa was crucial in the match against the Japanese team.

If his ownership in the tricolor arc was in doubt, in this last game he showed that he is in good condition to continue in the position. In the first half he responded excellently, had it not been for his multiple saves the result would have been different. I have no doubts that there will be an important fight to occupy that place, after what (Alfredo) Talavera and Hugo González showed, but for me, Ochoa remains the first option until now, he said.