Tata Martino cites Diego Lainez as reason for roster revamp

The Mexican national team concluded the June international window with a 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Tuesday in the second match of their 2022/2023 Concacaf National League campaign. 

El Tri saw a five-game run, playing three friendlies and two Concacaf Nations League matches. Head coach Gerardo Martino originally named a 38-player roster to test out formations against Nigeria, Uruguay and Ecuador, before releasing 16 veterans to give new faces an opportunity to secure their ticket to Qatar. 

Martino revealed he chose to revamp the roster in a bid to give minutes to figures who aren’t playing at their clubs, citing Diego Lainez’s case as the example.

Though the Real Betis winger has contributed very little to the European club lately, Tata explained he wanted to test his abilities with the national team to give him a fair chance at Qatar. 

“Diego is the answer to why we summon players who don’t play and see what he does in a little while,” asserted Martino.