Since Juan Carlos Osorio (pictured) was hired as head coach, Mexico is a perfect 7-0-0 and has yet to concede a goal. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN DIEGO, California – After a 1-0 win over Chile on Wednesday, Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio is feeling good about Mexico’s chances at the Copa America Centenario.
With the June 5 opener against Uruguay looming, Javier Hernandez came off the bench to head home the game-winning goal in the 87th minute against the defending Copa America champion at Qualcomm Stadium.
“We see that Mexico has always shown to be a very competitive team and now is no exception,” Osorio. “We are arriving at a very good moment of matching the talents of these boys with commitment. In addition to the strategy and the manner in which they are executing the decided on game plans, I think Mexico has a great chance.”
The victory was Mexico’s seventh straight since Osorio took the managerial reins last October. Under his leadership, the Tricolor has yet to concede. That shutout streak, however, was nearly snapped by the Chileans in the 26th minute, when Edson Puch hit the right post from inside the six-yard box.
“In the first half, Chile…being the great team that they are…controlled the game and had two great chances on deep crosses,” analyzed Osorio. “I think match control is one thing and translating that into scoring opportunities is another. I don’t remember them stretching us that much.
“In the second half, it was the contrary and in the end we consider that at this level it’s not so much the effectiveness of the runs into the final third, but the efficiency of those runs and the finishing of them. I think that our team was more efficient.”
Mexico now turns its attention to Uruguay, a side that it appears will be missing injured Barcelona star Luis Suarez.
“We hope that against Uruguay we will be a team that competes toe to toe, that equals the level of competitiveness that Uruguayan football has, that defends contested balls well,” he finished. “Hopefully, we are the central characters.”