PASADENA, California – Following his team’s 7-0 defeat in its opening match in Group A of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Cuba Head Coach Raul Mederos began to switch his focus to Wednesday’s key clash with Martinique.
“Taking into account the quality of the opponent, we have to have better mobility, a better first touch and by more dynamic when we have the ball,” said Mederos in his post-match press conference.
After conceding an early goal in the 2’, the Cuban defense proved a sturdy force for the next half-hour before Mexico was able to add another three goals before halftime.
That late first half burst of goals is something that Mederos not only wants to avoid against Martinique, but also in the final group stage game against Canada.
“Four goals in the first half affected us and we saw ourselves as inferior to Mexico and it was tough to attack. We had one, two chances. The players left tired. It is tough to endure the whole match playing at the pace at which it was played. Mexico had many chances. Against Martinique and Canada will have a new way of playing,” said Mederos.
Mederos also remained optimistic that Cuba can display its best football in this tournament.
“We have to get back to work, correct our errors, dust ourselves off and look forward. We have a match in three days for which we have to prepare,” concluded Mederos.