Monday October 10th, 2016

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.

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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.

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