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• The friendly matches celebrated by the Mexican national team in the territory of the United States through an agreement between Soccer United Marketing (SUM) with the Mexican Football Federation, completely distorts the concept of excellence that should be enjoyed by an Aztec representative, since these matches are attending to fulfill a business obligation and not for a competition athletic.

• For this reason, impromptu players, newcomers, remnants of their clubs, reservists, young talents or Mexicans go to the USA “moleros” matches that are often unknown to the fans.

Such is the case with the call of the national coach, Gerardo Martino, for today’s match against the Chilean national team, who appear in his 23-man roster of 11 in their first call with the first team.

• This number far exceeds the previous call for the friendly match against Ecuador on October 27 in Charlotte, where five players made his debut for the national team, that is, in the last two friendlies, “Tata” Martino called 16 players for the first time.

Suffice it to say that out of the 23 selected to have taken part in the knockout matches against the United States and Canada, only two of them are part of those called up for the match against Chile.

• What is really alarming is the number of players that Gerardo Martino has called into the national team, given that he has a well-defined team of 25 excellent players for competition matches and knockout matches, but with friendlies that number goes up to 106 different players called up by Martino.

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• Today’s match against the Chilean national team is part of a package of five friendlies that were not played in 2020 due to the pandemic, but fortunately the lost matches will not be compensated, as the Russian Football Federation reached an economic agreement with SUM to end the four matches were canceled and the games will remain The five corresponding to next year only.

• Today’s match will be the 46th match for Gerardo Martino at the head of the Mexican national team, and the 20th match in the friendly matches.

Martino’s total with El Tree is 31 games, won by seven, drawn and seven lost. 92 goals against 38 goals in the net, however, in the last 10 matches of any kind, Mexico has suffered four defeats, two draws and four victories.

• Gerardo Martino faced Chile once, and that was in his first appearance as a coach of the Mexican national team, in a friendly match that Mexico won 3-1, on March 22, 2019 in San Diego, California.

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