Mexico is the only team in the world that takes to Qatar 2022 in its squad list a footballer who had —until last Wednesday— 77 days without playing an official match for an injury.
In Argentina, Giovani Lo Celso, one of Leo Messi’s main partners and fundamental in the coach’s scheme lionel scaloniwas left out due to injury, with everything and that offered not undergo surgery for a detached biceps femoris and assist with the albiceleste to play from the Round of 16.
In France, the defender Presnel Kimpembe did not overcome a tendinitis and in an act of honesty He decided to step aside to leave his place to a partner who fully reaches the competition.
“I have made the decision not to participate in the World Cup. Unfortunately I don’t feel 200 percent to perform with the team”, lamented the PSG player.
And in Mexico? In Mexico the technician Gerardo Martino once again he showed off his little character and of inability to make a decision, with which a novel was put together around striker Raúl Jiménez, who is clearly not ready to compete in a World Cup after suffering a long groin injury (pubalgia).
The ‘Tata’ clung until the last moment to include in his call a player who from the August 31 past did not play an official competition match.
Jiménez returned to the courts on Wednesday of this week in the friendly against Sweden, and as expected, he showed a level very sad: out of rhythm, distrustful, unable to challenge for the ball on an equal footing with defenders, and obviously far from optimal physical condition.
There is no surprise in this regard, any player in the world —even Messi— is incapable of returning to his best form overnight after being inactive for a period close to three months.
Raúl goes to Qatar for Martino’s gift —the same as Rogelio Funes Mori—, due to a misunderstood “hierarchy”, since a World Cup must be attended by the best and those who are experiencing an ideal football moment. There is no room for tributes or thanks.
The worst thing is that there was a alternative before the expected scenario that placed Raúl out of the World Cup: Santiago Giménez, striker in a ‘state of grace’, who although he is not a starter at Feyenoord, has minutes in every game and above all, has responded with goals.
However, in a unfortunate explanation of Gerardo Martino, assured that “I don’t measure the performance of the 9 by the goals it scores, I measure it by what it offers the team in the participation and elaboration (of the game)”.
Under the parameter of ‘Tata’, simply today there is no way to “measure” Raúl Jiménez in no way, he is not ready and should not have been included among the 26 World Cup players, simple as that.
It’s like Pep Guardiola declared that he “does not measure” the performance of Erling Haaland by the goals he scores, when he was hired precisely for that.
The desire of Raúl for attending a World Cup is totally understandablewell the selfishness is human; However, he cannot help but point out that he is not being honest with himself or with the team, since there is no way for him to fully reach the competition.
Here there is one complicity and shared responsibility between coach and footballer, and in the end it is the group that is affected, since the alternatives in attack are reduced to two players, Henry Martín and Funes Mori, with the great exceptions of the second, who does not arrive at his best level either, and who neither being in it represents any solution.