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Mexico coach: Victory vs Nigeria good test ahead Concacaf Gold Cup

Gerardo Martino, the current coach of the Mexico national side, considers his forgettable stint at Barcelona in 2013-14 to have been the “worst year” of his career.

Gerardo Martino, Technical Director of the Mexican national team, has described the win against the home-based Eagles as a good test for his side ahead of this year’s Concacaf Gold Cup.

A brace from Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera and a goal each from Jonathan Dos Santos, former Barcelona forward and Rogelio Funes Mori, earned Mexico a comfortable 4-0 win in Los Angeles, USA, in the early hours of Sunday.

Speaking at a virtual press conference, the former Barcelona coach said: “It always gives peace of mind, especially since we are on the eve of a very important tournament for us.

“Recovering feelings of the game and scoring goals, gives a greater margin of tranquility, this is a friendly match, it has been a good test and a good way to introduce ourselves into what is to come.”

On the performance of Mori who made his debut: “he is a footballer who plays the position of center forward and that we see in Monterrey how he participates a lot in the elaboration and offensive plays, he is not just a nine that is suitable for the goal , also participates a lot.

“Tonight he did it in his first game just getting to know his teammates, we saw him associate very well, we are happy and surely he is calm with the goal, because it is something that everyone expects, when a striker is naturalized, that he pays with goals and he could already get rid of that weight.”

And on clarification concerning the situation of the sanction by FIFA on the Mexican national team: “it is a sanction that is not entirely clear, it is a sanction to National Teams, as the text that FIFA sent says, there is nothing more to say, it is not written to punish anyone, simply the confusion of the FIFA statement.

“They talk about all the selections, never in the spirit of Mexico is to punish anyone, only the confusion of a text in which it is not possible to specify exactly who the sanction falls on.”

The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup will run from 10th July to 1st August in the United States.

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