Argentina's Américo Gallego, Panama coach, warned on Monday that the Mexican National Team should not underestimate the one he directs, because he has grown and will try to prove it this Tuesday at the Azteca stadium when they both face each other in a match for the League of Nations of the Concacaf.
"I see the most even levels and this adversary should not be underestimated. Panama is a large team and that is how it should be faced. I know the 'Tata' when we played at Newell's Old Boys, and he has a good team," Gallego said. in a press conference referring to the coach of Mexico, his compatriot Gerardo Martino, and the Tri.
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"The selection of Martino does not escape what he was as a player, he has good ball treatment and an important pressure, it is a modern selection, but beware that we have our things," he wielded.
Gallego declined to comment on how Concacaf decided on the final hexagonal classification of the World Cup qualifiers to Qatar 2022, through the League of Nations.
"Sorry I did not answer the question, but I do not want to deviate from the issue of this game, to know what I did right or wrong. At this moment I just want to think about the duel against Mexico," said the 'Tolo'.
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Panama adds a triumph and a defeat in the League of Nations, as it won in its debut as a visitor to Bermuda 1-4, but then fell at home to the same opponent 0-2, forcing him to beat Mexico since it appears seventh in the new ranking of the League of Nations.
⚽ Américo Gallego said his players know the importance of this match of the League of Nations of the Concacaf. https://t.co/kLUh5fmmjW
– Excélsior newspaper (@Excelsior)
October 15, 2019
"We don't want what happened to Bermuda to happen again; the boys look calm and know the importance of tomorrow's game in which, of course, we aspire to get the three points," he said.
The Argentine helmsman trusts in the work of these 10 days to win.
"I can guarantee that we are going to make a good game, we have players who can gamble, hurt, I have seen the technique that the Panama player has and that makes me happy to trust to get the result," he explained.
Gallego said he still has doubts about the starting team he will use against Mexico, but said that no matter who jumped into the field, Panama will come out to propose the game.