PHOENIX, Arizona – Mexico Head Coach Gerardo Martino knows that a very difficult challenge awaits his side in Tuesday’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinal versus Haiti at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona.
Haiti arrives into the encounter with a perfect record in the tournament, including three comeback wins, and boast a squad that can take advantage of any break that comes its way.
“Haiti is a tremendously effective team at taking advantage of teams letting them back into the game,” said Martino at his pre-match press conference on Monday.
“Costa Rica let them into the match, turning it into a back and forth. Canada let them into the game with a back-pass and then a penalty, so it’s an opponent in which you have to work against for the entire 90 minutes, with a lot of intensity and with a lot of attention because the they’ll take advantage of the smallest breaks.
“We have the intent of attacking with more players, to play in the opponent’s half of the field. What we have to do then is shut down the quick counterattacks of the opponent because the scoring chances that we have are fewer than the time of possession we have,” added Martino.
For both teams it is quick turnaround after Saturday’s games, and especially for a Mexico team that played 120 minutes against Costa Rica before winning in a penalty shootout.
Despite that challenge, Martino believes his players will be physically ready for Tuesday’s big clash.
“What we have been doing yesterday and the large part of today is finishing the recovery of the players. Our intention is that they go int as the best form possible, that they are ready for everything that the match is going to be tomorrow, but like I always say, without looking for any type of excuse,” concluded Martino.