DENVER, Colorado – For Mexico, one of the big stories in this 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup has been how players have stepped up and made the most of their playing opportunities.
Perhaps no better example is FW Uriel Antuna, who was a late replacement for MF Jorge Sanchez and ended up scoring a hat trick in Mexico’s 7-0 opening win versus Cuba.
Ahead of Mexico’s second match against Canada on Wednesday at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, Mexico Head Coach Gerardo Martino praised how replacements like Antuna and others have performed for El Tricolor.
“We knew that we had absences and that doors would be opened to other players,” said Martino is his pre-match press conference.
“I think that the players are taking advantage. The absences of some open doors for others and they are taking advantage of it in these matches.”
Martino is also fully confident that whichever starting line-up takes the field against the Canadians will be able to deliver.
“What we are trying to do is put out the best team to compete against the next opponent which tomorrow is Canada. We expect that the selected team is up for it and plays a good game,” said Martino.
The Argentine manager also expects a very sturdy challenge from a Canada team that has improved in recent years and impressed in its opening 4-0 win against Martinique.
“Collectively I have not seen that much of Canada, only three or four games, but I have no doubt that Canada has a very good stable of individual players, with players that play in the Premier League, players in the Bundesliga, good attacking players, good wingers, good midfielders. We are not playing against Canada’s history; we are playing against this Canada. What’s most important is what the team has right now,” concluded Martino.