CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Participating in a Concacaf Gold Cup is enough to fire up any player, but going against seven-time champions Mexico is sure to provide an extra boost for any opponent of El Tricolor.
Such is the case with Martinique, who is looking forward to taking the field on Sunday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to face Mexico and show the world what Martinique football is all about.
“It’s exceptional to come to a Gold Cup with a team that has only five or six professional players, but when you play the game, you play to play against teams like the Mexican national team,” said Martinique MF Joris Marveaux in his pre-match press conference.
“For the team, it’s a great feeling. It’s an incredible motivation to go and face Mexico in this great stadium. When you play the game, you wish to someday play a team like Mexico,” added Marveaux.
Also to factor into Sunday’s contest is that Martinique still has the opportunity to reach the next phase of the competition, no matter how the preceding contest between Canada and Cuba ends.
“We know that the game against Mexico will be very hard against a team that is very strong. We will try to make things difficult for Mexico. We are focused on our game; we are still alive and there is still a chance that we can go through,” said Head Coach Mario Bocaly.
Bocaly believes that the time spent together now in the tournament will help in its approach on Sunday.
“In the first game versus Canada we were physically not really there. In the second game we were much better, the momentum from a full week or 10 days of practice and having played a full game helped us. We are now playing the best team in this competition. We are not going to go crazy; we are going to play as a team with 11 players, keep things together, tight spaces. That is how we will play,” concluded Bocaly.