‘Serious’ attacking issue not just down to strikers, Mexico coach says

The shortage of targets is a “critical” problem for Mexico however the blame shouldn’t be simply on their strikers, coach Gerardo Martino stated forward of Wednesday’s must-win World Cup Group C match in opposition to Saudi Arabia.

Toothless assault had been a priority for Mexico forward of the World Cup and they’re but to attain in Qatar, with the staff rooted to the underside of their group with one level after a 0-0 draw with Poland and a 2-0 defeat by Argentina.

Mexico reached the final 16 in every of the earlier seven World Cups, however they danger getting knocked out of the group stage ought to they fail to beat Saudi Arabia. Requested if he was nervous in regards to the staff’s poor kind in entrance of aim, Martino advised reporters on Tuesday: “Proper now, that is critical as a result of we have to rating within the recreation tomorrow.

“What occurred over the past yr was as a result of totally different causes as we had our attacking gamers going through bodily points. A few of them are in good situation on the World Cup, however this isn’t nearly attackers. All of us share our tasks.

“It’s as much as the entire staff not simply sure positions.”

Pessimism surrounded Mexico as they ready for the World Cup after inconsistency in qualifying and warm-up matches, whereas followers have additionally been essential of their Argentinian coach, who’s underneath immense stress to show round their fortunes.

Midfielder Andres Guardado stated the gamers imagine they’ve an opportunity of qualifying to the knockouts.

“Whenever you get a blow, it is advisable digest it and switch the web page shortly,” Guardado stated.

“We now have a giant probability to overlook the defeat in opposition to Argentina with a giant recreation in opposition to Saudi Arabia. We imagine in our possibilities and no one is saying it’s not possible.”

Saudi Arabia pulled off a significant upset once they defeated Lionel Messi’s Argentina 2-1 within the opening recreation, however Martino stated he’s not afraid of the Arab facet.

“We respect our opponents and usually are not unaware of what they did in opposition to Argentina and within the first half in opposition to Poland. I don’t have a concern, after we compete we don’t really feel concern,” he stated.

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