Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio suffered a brutal 7-0 loss to Chile in the Copa América, and his response to the defeat was fascinating. Over a 90-minute breakfast recently, Osorio said he went to a small town in southern Brazil and spent five days at the house of the legendary soccer Yoda, Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa.
Osorio said he and Bielsa took long walks twice a day and had deep conversations about the sport, conversations that helped Osorio put the Chile loss in perspective. Like Bielsa, Osorio loves to tinker. He used a 3-3-3-1 formation on Saturday in a 2-1 win over New Zealand, and during that breakfast Osorio laid out sugar packets on the table to explain what he’s trying to do with Mexico.
So far, the Mexican media hasn’t exactly embraced that tinkering, and Osorio is under immense pressure ahead of next month’s big World Cup qualifier against the United States.