The two managers went back and forth as they discussed the ability of each team to manipulate the match official
Gregg Berhalter called on the referee to take control of the final of the Gold Cup between the American men’s team and Mexico, which caused Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, El Tri boss, to respond by saying that Berhalter after his own reactions should look at the referee control. .
Thursday’s semi-final between Mexico and Canada between the two teams, including one in which El Tri’s Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez strangled a player after Canada’s Jonathan Osorio also laid his hands on the face of one of the Mexico team.
After seeing several physical clashes in his team’s last two games against El Tri, Berhalter urged the referee to prevent the game from getting out of hand, giving Martino’s answer.
What did Berhalter say?
“We are preparing the guys for a very difficult match, a very competitive battle,” Berhalter said. ‘I think it’s worth mentioning that we want it to be a physical match, we want it to be a difficult match, in the same way as Mexico, they want the same thing, but we want also be honest, and that’s the role of the referee in this game: to manage the game in a fair way.
“I’ve seen players from Mexico grab a player’s necks and face poles several times, and it has no place in the game. We can’t have it, and again we want our guys to fight, we both want to. teams have to fight, we want it to be physical, but you know it has no place in the game.
“When I saw the semi-final, I did not think the referee did it well, and they have to get it right. There can be no hands on the neck or face.
Martino shoots back
Asked about Berhalter’s comments, Martino quickly fired back, pointing to several incidents in the USMNT’s own victory over Qatar.
The game also saw the U.S. embrace the dark arts on points, including a penalty kick delayed by more than two minutes before it was finally missed.
When the USA did make the breakthrough in the 1-0 victory, Berhalter was seen shouting at the fourth official, for which he later apologized after the game.
“Well, the referee will probably do the best he can,” Martino said, “and the U.S. referee, opposite Qatar match, probably could not handle these moments either, especially with the coach’s reaction to the American goal against the fourth official. “
Berhalter full of praise for Martino
Despite the match between the two before the final, Berhalter said that he has full respect for Martino, after struggling against Argentina at both club and international level.
Berhalter coached Martino, who previously managed Barcelona and Argentina, during his time with the Columbus Crew when the current Mexico boss was in charge of Atlanta United.
“I have a lot of respect for Tata Martino. I think he is an excellent coach,” Berhalter said. “I have a lot of experience, and if I have half the career as a coach, I will be happy.
“For us, it’s about how we can hurt them and how we can adapt to what they do, and when we change, how do we adapt to it?”