Scaloni: Tata Martino Was An My ‘Idol’ Figure : Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni has approved the work of Gerardo Martino and stated he anticipates a robust analysis when his side takes on Mexico in Texas.
Both men began their playing careers with Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys and have since started a move into management.
Martino guided Argentina to 2-Copa America finals before moving down on July 2016 and is now in charge of Mexico, via a season with Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.
Scaloni: Tata Martino Was An My ‘Idol’ Figure at Newell’s Old Boys and continues the 56-year-old in high value.
“I was Martino’s associate at Newell’s,” he told journalists ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Mexico in the United States. “He was beyond when I debuted. For me, he was the icon of the club and still is.
“It was a lifetime reference and considered a time for all of us who played at the bottom and had the opportunity to do it.
“He has a clear idea of the game, and it is necessary to play against this team. I am sure it will be a strong team for any organization. It will be hard.
“As a coaching staff, seeing the performance of all the teams, we like some things about Mexico. We are related in the line of play, being ahead team.”
Without the suspended Lionel Messi, Argentina-Played out a goal-less draw with Chile on Friday in their opening match since beating the same opponents in the 3rd-place play-off at the Copa America.
Scaloni has intimated he will make modifications to his starting line-up on Mexico and has announced on his players to have better control of the ball.
“At one time with Chile we lost control of the game,” he said. “Mexico likes to keep the ball, so do we. The more control we have, the better. It takes time. It worked; we have it more clear before a complicated opponent.
“There are three members I’ll wait until Tuesday [to choose one]. I don’t want them to go out if they’re not 100%.
“If I think about noticing results, the call would have been changed. On the other deal, we would be left with the impression that there are young-boys who can provide us with a lot.
“The results this week is secondary. They are analyses to see where we stand. We will remain with the same line of play.”