La Jornada newspaper
Tuesday, November 17, 2020, p. a10
Gerardo Tata Martino, coach of the Mexican soccer team, assured that despite the multiple difficulties that arose in 2020 on a worldwide scale due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year had redeemable aspects for the tricolor team, since He was able to face higher level rivals and get out of his area of competence.
Given the complexity that the world is experiencing, almost since the beginning of the year, with friendly matches and official tournaments suspended, the possibility of closing 2020 with this type of encounter, with hierarchical rivals, outside our usual area, ends up being two tours (for Europe) very good, rare, but we have taken all the precautions, declared the Argentine helmsman yesterday in a virtual press conference from Vienna.
The fifth and last of these rivals will be Japan, with which the Tri will be measured today in the city of Graz, in Austria, a country that this Tuesday implements a curfew as a measure to contain the contagion of Covid-19.
On the eve of this meeting, Tata affirmed that it will not risk players who are not 100 percent, thus confirming the withdrawal of Héctor Herrera and questioning the participation of Jesús Tecatito Corona, both due to injury.
“We will choose the team in two concepts. Those who will play must be physically fit, we will not risk any footballer. They are important parties, but they are friendly. Our priority is for them to participate with us, but they must return in good condition with their clubs, both those who are active abroad and in the local environment. If there is risk, we prefer that they are not part of the match.
In the case of Héctor, we will evaluate that, if he is not in a position to play, which is almost a fact, we will try not to affect him, there is no point in continuing with us if he is already ruled out, the strategist explained.
Regarding Corona, he commented: “It is being permanently evaluated and monitored by the medical body, we have analyzed it since Saturday, after the game against South Korea, and we will wait until tomorrow (Tuesday). As I said before, in no case will we take risks with a footballer, so he (Tecatito) enters that group of players ”.
Regarding the duel against the Japanese team, Tata said that beyond the result, what he seeks is to continue instilling in the representative tricolor his style of play for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
“The concept for this Tuesday’s game will be similar to that of the previous match (against South Korea). There won’t be many modifications. I hope to continue consolidating our way of playing, to be protagonists, to continue being the team that takes risks, but that can solve them, be more forceful and continue to have the patience to score.
We have aspirations to grow in all aspects of the game, including coexistence. We must continue in the search for improvement, that is what it is about, he said.
He also highlighted the quality of the Japanese representative. We will face a very dynamic team, with very good individual technique, very neat to start from the bottom and with very unbalancing players.
He added that against the Japanese, the fundamental thing is that we have the possibility to manage the game, have the ball without losses, with speed and find variants to attack. I liked what we did against South Korea, goal situations were created in various ways, by overflows, filtered passes, set pieces, those variations satisfy me, we have to continue doing it that way.
In addition to the loss of Héctor Herrera, when presenting an injury to the biceps femoris muscle of the left thigh, yesterday the defense César Montes (Monterrey) was also confirmed, who reported discomfort in the right groin area, which did not allow him to continue with the activities of the national team.