CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – While Martinique’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup campaign has ended, it certainly won some fans along the way.
Les Matinino exit the tournament after valiantly falling 3-2 to Mexico in their Group A finale, but for Head Coach Mario Bocaly, there is a lot to praise for the way Martinique battled until the end.
“We played Mexico, we were in a tough group with a lot of competition,” said Bocaly in his post-match press conference. “When you think about the team we played tonight, it wasn’t a B team of Mexico, they changed a few players on the back line, but it was a solid Mexico team and we can be really proud of what we did.”
After losing its first match 4-0 to Canada, Bocaly believes his side grew as a unit during the tournament.
“It was continuation of the work we have been doing the last 18 months. I saw a lot of discipline, players sticking together, playing as a team. If you go back two games ago to the Canada game, regrets come to mind. In the first game we were not good physically, tactically the players were not following our strategy, but tonight the team played well and they played together and it showed with a good result,” said Bocaly.
Looking ahead, Bocaly has a much better idea of how he would like to prepare his side for future Gold Cups.
“We have to work more on tactics. We have a team with a lot of quality. We didn’t have a chance to play an international friendly against a high-quality opponent that plays the Gold Cup, and that was a mistake. It’s tough to prepare for a tournament of this level like that,” concluded Bocaly.