Mexico lost against Colombia prior to the World Cup and evidently the “villain number 1” was pointed out, Gerardo Martino. But the Argentine helmsman, in addition to acknowledging his responsibility, also pointed out another cause of failure: Mexican players are overrated by managers, they cannot leave their clubs easily and therefore cannot compete at a better level than that offered by Liga MX.
“Why don’t the players go outside? They don’t go because they won’t let them, because the figures they ask for them are exorbitant, how is there a player who is worth 10 million dollars and has no European market, is there a parallel market or what happens? There are many things from the president, it has been a topic of conversation for a long time, improvement is sought from the other side, it is not the debate that Mexico needs to improve, “Martino said at a press conference.
The dart that he dropped daddy Martino could not be more true, this without evading what belongs to him. countless occasions We have seen players stop their development because their clubs believe they have the next pearl of football.
But the players also feed this evil. Javier Aguirre He commented that on one occasion he witnessed a mexican player put money before his sports growth.
“Some say ‘on loan what am I going for’. I’m not going to tell you the name; I was in Zaragoza and someone came out to say I wanted Fulanito and he declared ‘if they don’t pay me that much, no’… He put the money in advance… Pachuca has said go borrow, then a purchase option; That’s how ‘Chucky’ came out, that’s how Gutiérrez came out, but another says, ‘I’m not going on loan, not to Belgium, if not to the Premier League, to the Spanish League,'” Vasco said in an interview with Hugo Sánchez .
The United States model
As much as despite recognizing the progress of the United States in football, it must be accepted that the scheme with which its players make the leap to Europe is to be envied. Today the range it has Gregg Berhaltercoach of the North American team, is broader than that of the Tri.
In the leagues of the old continent there are 22 mexicans distributed, being Edson Álvarez the most prominent. On the other hand, there over 70 American soccer players in European competitionsin which Pulisic is the spearhead.
To find answers to such growth, it would be necessary to carry out an analysis that focuses on factors such as the relationship with academies, dual nationalities, or the structure and origin of sports agencies; but for practical purposes it is enough to identify the way in which each country rates its players.
George Bellowinner of the Gold Cup in 2021 and two-time champion with Atlanta United, was signed by the Arminia Bielfeld of the German second division in a transaction of less than 2 million euros. In Mexico, the players, without being champions and without having won anything, they want to sell them for much more than that.
Yes, Martino is responsible in different ways, but it does not mean that he is 100% guilty. It is the face with which the fans and the media retaliate, however, the real problems do not pass through their hands. If Mexico does not have high-level players, it is because both the Liga MX competition and the basic forces are not worked in the most appropriate way; the national strategist has nothing to do with that.
When the Mexican National Team seemed to have woken up and found brilliance on the field, the Colombian team returned them to the negative reality that they have been dragging for some time now. The Tri lost a two-goal lead and ended the match 3-2: booed and with the spirits on the ground facing Qatar 2022.
But really the defeat shouldn’t be surprising. Mexico’s advantage was well achieved, they played well for a period of the match, but it is not the reflection of the team, therefore, when the coffee squad adjusted and slaughtered “their sacred cows” (James Rodríguez and Radamel Falcao), the goals came automatically.
There was no response capacity, Gerardo Martino’s fault, his adjustments and the players who were on the field. Colombia showed to be a better group and have better individuals than the Tricolortechnically his men were superior, he says to himself and nothing happens.
The quality of Mexicans is good, but not enough. At least in his most recent exhibitions, it has been shown that the level of those Liga MX players is not to stand out on an international stage; and those who presume to be in Europe are not differential either, as Luis Sinisterra, Jorge Carrascal or Rafael Santos Borré himself were.