Mexico vs Chile Preview: Tata Martino Reign Begins

Gerardo Tata Martino during MEXTOUR press conference in Los Angeles | Photo by Mexico National Team | February 7, 2019
Mexico vs Chile Preview: Tata Martino Reign Begins

It has sort of become a tradition for the Mexican National Team to hit the reset button after every FIFA World Cup competition. And this year is not the exception, as Gerardo Tata Martino makes his long awaited debut as Head Coach of El Tri on Friday in San Diego against a team that surprisingly missed 2018’s Russian-hosted tournament, Chile.

In the past, managing National squads for Tata Martino has been a rollercoaster ride to say the least. He lead Paraguay to a very successful quarterfinal run in South Africa 2010, considering the “Guarani” haven’t had the strongest team in World Football, let alone their own region at any given time in its history. In August 2014 he took charge of the powerhouse that is Argentina, hoping to lead the South American giant to achieving trophies, something that has eluded them since 1993. And while he lead Argentina, with the world’s best player Lionel Messi in toll, to two consecutive Copa America Finals in 2015 and 2016, he came up short in both against, of all rivals; Chile. After suffering those heartbreaking defeats, Martino resigned from the Argentinian National Team.

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Chile international Eduardo Vargas sliding behind Mexico national team defender Nestor Araujo during Copa America Centenario | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | June 18, 2016

Now, the entire country of México is expecting Tata Martino to at least bring the same results he had with Paraguay, getting to the Quarter Final Stage, as Mexican fans call it “El Quinto Partido/The Fifth Game”, has become quite an obsession. First thing’s first however, “El Tri” has to face “La Roja”, an opponent that has embarrassed them in recent times.

Not only did Chile win their last friendly encounter in 2018, 0-1 in Queretaro, but they are also the proud holders of México’s biggest defeat and elimination in decades, when they pounded Juan Carlos Osorio’s men 7-0 in Santa Clara, California during the Quarter Final stage of the Copa America Centenario in 2016. This will be México’s first friendly of 2019 before facing Paraguay on Tuesday March 26 in, of all locations, Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium.

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Mexico international Miguel Layun and Chile international Arturo Vidal battling for the header during Copa America Centenario | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | June 18, 2016

As you can see, there are many elements that bring a sense of value and importance to this game, but the real question to ask ourselves is, ¿Will México finally gain some semblance of revenge or will Chile continue it’s recent dominance?

Probable Lineups

México – Ochoa; Rodríguez, Araujo, Moreno, Gallardo; Álvarez, González, Guardado; Pizarro, Lozano, Jiménez. DT: Gerardo Martino

Chile – Arias; Isla, Maripán, Jara, Mena; Medel, Aránguiz, Vidal; Rubio, Castillo, Meneses. DT: Reinaldo Rueda

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