Mexico head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino has faced mounting media pressure heading into the tournament in Qatar, having lost four of his last nine matches.
“It’s turned into a show … We don’t even talk about sports anymore,” Ochoa said at a news conference on Monday.
“All of a sudden a headline will say one thing, and then you look at the article and it has nothing to do with the headline.”
Ochoa takes special note of speculation over striker’s fitness Raul JimenezWho has recently recovered from a long back injury.
“It’s so often unfair to her [Jimenez], because they make a five second video and say that he is not doing well. They don’t even have the necessary information to report what actually happened. It’s sad,” Ochoa said.
Tension with the media was also seen during Martino’s news conference. ESPN reporter Rafael Ramos got into a verbal spat with the Mexico coach, arguing over the “intensity” of the squad—ending once a FIFA representative snatched the microphone from Ramos.
“If you are asking me whether the Mexican national team has lacked intensity in the last year, I will tell you no and I have no other answer to give you, because you think of something else,” Martino said. he said.
Ochoa lamented the lack of questions on Mexico’s Group C clash with Poland, saying 16 minutes into the news conference: “It’s the first question I’ve been asked about the games we’re about to play.”
Ochoa said: “We know that in such a small tournament, starting with three points is fundamental. They [Poland] There is a team and roster with very talented players, a lot of quality, who play in strong leagues. They are not going to make the game easy.”
Martino said he had already decided who he would start, but declined to reveal his plans.
“I’ve defined it, but as always, I don’t give the team out. I won’t do that in this case,” Martino said.
mexico will face Argentina on saturday and Saudi Arab in their remaining group stage matches on 30 November. If al tri Having qualified for the knockout rounds, it would mark the eighth consecutive World Cup in which they have done so, although on all of those occasions they have been knocked out at the round of 16.