Mexico manager Martino is 90 minutes away from being sacked
GOAL breaks down which line-up Mexico's Gerardo “Tata” Martino should choose against Saudi Arabia, with his job at stake.
Tex-Mex. Americans trying to pronounce their cities names. Now Gerardo "Tata” Martino's management regime has made El Tri ashamed at the World Cup.
These are the main hates of Mexicans, and the latter gripe could rise to the top by the end the week. Martino has made things very difficult.
Mexico will face Saudi Arabia in their third group C match on Wednesday. They need to win and get support from other countries to progress to the knockout stages.
They must win to either see Poland defeat Argentina, or have Argentina draw or defeat Poland. El Tri will then secure a better goal differential.
Mexico's failure to advance would be the worst since 1978. They will also lose to Saudi Arabia if they fail to score (since 2018
they have not scored in four consecutive World Cup games). This would mark the first time that Mexico has failed to score at the tournament in its history.
It's all very grim, but there may be a miracle. Martino's selections and the tactics he has drilled into his team are limited in some ways.
Ochoa, the miracle-maker from Mexico, couldn't stop Lionel Messi's determined performance in Argentina's 2-0 victory. But, let's not forget about El Tri royalty, the goalkeeper.