Although Mexico manager Tata Martino, who took the charge at the beginning of 2019, won all the three matches he guided in, he aims to do well in the Gold Cup rather than in friendlies. “I’m one of those who think the best lessons and way to see exactly where we’re at – it’s not that I want to lose – but I think defeats give you more than victories. Victories make you skip over some questions that have to do with the football, and things outside the football. And sometimes the defeats put us in the true situation of how we’re doing in the process if we’re as solid as we think we are. With wins, it’s easy to put in too much praise,” Goal.com quoted Martino as saying.
The Gold Cup is set to start on June 16 and ahead of the tournament, Mexico will face Ecuador in friendlies on Monday. Whereas, in the Gold Cup, Mexico will open their campaign against Cuba followed by matches against Canada and Martinique in the tournament. Martino feels that witnessing a defeat in the friendlies have completely different consequences compare with a defeat in official tournaments. “In a friendly match, beyond the fact that while a defeat always has consequences, the consequences of using a friendly are different than the ones in official tournaments,” he said.
Mexico will compete with Ecuador on Monday before kick-starting their Gold Cup campaign on June 16 against Cuba.