“The group is intact; the strategist said at the end of the match in which Mexico beat Panama 1-0.
After the first half of numerous failures, Mexico witnessed a better second half and won with a penalty kick by Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton team in the Premier League.
Martino explained that if anything was in doubt it was the strength of the group that fought to win a tough match with a Panamanian side that did not stop fighting.
Although Mexico did not show their best face, Martino celebrated the victory and admitted that in addition to bringing the team closer to the World Cup, it helps restore confidence.
With their victory at the Azteca Stadium, Mexico remained in third place in a draw, tied with the United States, four points behind leaders Canada, four points over Panama and five points over Costa Rica.
Martino admitted that he tried to find a team, not a team, which is why he rotates his players on the pitch.
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– National Team (miseleccionmx) February 3, 2022
He pointed out that “the ambition of any coach is to have 23 players available and who can play better and better.”
The Mexicans will play a crucial match in their next qualifying appearance, in March, against the United States, with whom they lost the first leg 2-0.
Martino admitted he was excited that the match would be played on a full stadium, and concluded, “I would like to play for the United States in a full Azteca stadium, which is what motivates the Mexican team.”
After receiving the United States, the Mexicans would visit Honduras and lock up on their soil against El Salvador.