El Tri coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino was at hand welcome their players to the Hotel Camiral on Tuesdaywhich is there Mexico’s national team will stay until Thursday the 17th November to prepare for the world coup in Qatar. Martino did not travel with the rest of the expedition on Sunday instead choose to arrive in Girona on Friday to inspect their training facilities for the next fortnight. In addition, he also went for a look around the Estadio Montilivi, where friendly matches against Iraq (November 9) and Sweden (November 16) will be played and will be impressed.
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In Catalonia, Mexico will have the perfect conditions required to get their heads down and prepare as best they can for the upcoming World Cup. El Tri will be staying at the Hotel Camiral, inside the PGA Catalunya golf resort in Caldes de Malavella, where they will be well catered for. They will train in the meantime at La Viña, the training ground of LaLiga club Girona, who will also train there until their World Cup break begins; The Catalans’ last game takes place on Sunday, November 13, against Quintanar in the Copa del Rey. In any case, sharing will not be a problem; the 20,000 m2 facilities have two football pitches, a hybrid grass field measuring 110m x 72m and a natural grass field measuring 160m x 72m. In addition, there is a smaller field for specific training exercises with smaller groups of players, a gym and premises for physiotherapists and medical staff. Just a few months ago, Girona shared the facilities with another elite-level team in the form of Manchester City, the flagship club of the City Football Group, of which the Catalans are members.
Martino will take his first training session in Girona in the next few hours and World Cup fever will continue to build around El Tri. Currently there is 19 players (those playing Liga MX and MLS) in place from the 31-man roster announced by the coach last week, plus 15 youth team players who will provide extra bodies in training. With high confidence, the players have set themselves the goal of finally getting beyond the Round of 16 in the World Cupwhich is where Mexico has been eliminated in each of the last seven tournaments.