Martino: I made a mistake in controlling Messi, and we will find a solution against Saudi Arabia

Gerardo Martino, coach of the Mexico national team, confirmed that the next confrontation will be difficult against the Saudi national team, to compete for a ticket to qualify for the next round of the World Cup “Qatar 2022”.

Argentina achieved an impressive victory at the expense of Mexico, 2-0, today, Saturday, at Lusail Stadium, in the second round of the World Cup group stage.

Martino said during the press conference after the end of the match, “We must score several goals in order to win the next match against Saudi Arabia, and we must strive to score the largest number of them.”

He added, “In the world of football, whoever reaches the finish line is the one who gets back on his feet. Argentina’s second goal in our goal was very harmful. Our heads will remain held high and the players will do their utmost to win.”

Regarding the injury of his player, Andres Guardado, he said, “It is a muscle injury and he was good on the field. When we lose this team leader, it will affect the team’s performance. We have 26 players, and we have prepared all options for substitutions.”

He pointed out that he found that the method of defense in which he played was the best, in light of the fact that Argentina had a group of the best players, indicating that he wanted to block the midfielders and close the spaces.

And the Mexico coach added, “We did not achieve this, as we failed with some passes through which the opponent scored goals, as Argentina took advantage of our mistakes and scored in our net.”

And he added, “We lacked accuracy sometimes, and we had the option of set-pieces in order to score and we did not take advantage of them. Small details were enough to change the outcome of the match, but in the end the ball chose Argentina.”

Martino continued, “We played against Argentina in a different way, and I will find other tactical solutions during the next confrontation against Saudi Arabia.”

And he admitted that he had made a mistake regarding placing the midfielders in the same place, while Messi was alone and kicked the ball from the middle of the distance.

And the Mexico coach concluded, “We have to tell people what happened to us today in terms of mistakes, and if we tell them the technical truth, they may understand us.”