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Boca coach envious of Martino's Mexico success

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Boca Juniors coach Gustavo Alfaro is envious that Mexico was able to bring in Gerardo "Tata" Martino as its head coach earlier this year and said it was frustrating that Martino's stint with Argentina was cut short.

Martino guided Argentina to the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals, but lost both on penalties and the Rosario native resigned in the summer of 2016 due to "serious problems" putting together a team for the Olympics.

But with Argentina enduring a difficult 2018 World Cup and crashing out of the 2019 Copa America in the semifinal against Brazil, Alfaro admitted it hurt to watch the former Barcelona coach Martino lift his first international title at the Gold Cup with Mexico.

"For us as Argentines it is very important that 'Tata' Martino is here [in Mexico], I congratulate Mexico for winning the Gold Cup and 'Tata' for winning the title," said Alfaro, speaking in Tijuana ahead of Boca's friendly against Xolos on Wednesday. "I have a healthy envy because I'd like 'Tata' Martino to be the Argentina coach and Mexico has him."

Alfaro was frustrated that Martino wasn't given the tools to continue what he had started with La Albiceleste.

"It was a process that was truly very good because you saw an evolution in the team in terms of the methods and continuity, I think it was abruptly aborted," said Alfaro. "I think it was a process in which the national teams were going to find an identity once again ... After [Martino left] look how the process of the national team has been broken up.

"Like I told him the day he took over the Mexican national team, I was left disappointed that he didn't finish the process he'd started with Argentina so he could've given [the national team] the style and ending it would've had if he'd have stayed."

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