CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – With two wins under its belt in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Mexico will look to conclude its Group A campaign with a flourish when it meets Martinique on Sunday night at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The seven-time Gold Cup champions have scored 10 goals and given up just one during the tournament, but Martinique stands to pose an interesting challenge to Head Coach Gerardo Martino’s men.
With several players in some of the top leagues in France and Spain, Martino knows Martinique has the weapons to do damage.
“It is a team that plays with four defenders, two holding midfielders, three more advanced in midfield and a man up front,” said Martino in his pre-match press conference.
“They like to play off the second ball a lot, their players are physically strong. They have three or four important players that play in Sporting Gijon, in Ajaccio, in Troyes. Any opponent presents its own difficulties, big or small,” said Martino.
On Sunday, Martino will have a full squad available with the exception of MF Erick Gutierrez, who was forced to leave last Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Canada with an injury.
The Argentine boss remains hopeful however that Gutierrez could return for a possible final.
“What we know about Erick is that it is a two-week injury, but we have the expectation that he can recover in time for the final,” said Martino.
Overall, Martino knows that in order for his side to emerge victorious, it must bring the same level of energy as always.
“We look to simplify and we always try to play the next match, the next 90 minutes with a lot of intensity and we expect to do that for time to come,” concluded Martino.