Martino insists Mexico have room for improvement after Gold Cup title

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Mexico head coach Tata Martino has said that El Tri have plenty of room for improvement despite being the United States to the Gold Cup crown. El Tri won the final by virtue of a second-half goal from Jonathan dos Santos and that ensured that they secured their eighth continental title and the first under Martino.

Speaking after the game, Martino said that El Tri have not reached their full potential but are going on the right path, he told: “We still not there, we need more time together, more time working and training, but we're on the right path. Nothing would've changed that with the final result. A bad result wouldn't have changed that either."

Meanwhile, the former Atlanta United boss talked about the missing players during the recent Gold Cup campaign and believes the team would get better with their comeback, he added:"We'll be better with those that couldn't come. We consider that one of the three best forwards in the Dutch league [Lozano] couldn't come due to a knee injury, we think there's a bright future. I'm content with how these first six months of my time in charge has gone."

El Tri were without Javier Hernandez, Miguel Layun, Hector Herrera and Hirving Lozano due to fitness and personal concerns, and that meant that the country had a tougher task than normal to compete for the Gold Cup. However, they managed to do so with flying colours as they scored 16 goals through the competition while keeping three clean sheets.

Meanwhile, the triumph for Mexico has ensured that Martino has eventually won a national team trophy following years of hard work. The former Barcelona head coach failed to win the Copa America title on two occasions with Argentina while he suffered a similar fate with Paraguay.