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Copa America: Keys For Mexico Against Chile

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Copa America: Keys For Mexico Against Chile

The group stages are officially over in the Copa América Centenario, and the final 8 teams are ready to fight for the title. Mexico will be facing reigning champions, Chile, in a battle up in Northern California.

Mexico faced Chile in an exhibition before the tournament and got a 1-0 victory. A late goal from sub, Chicharito, via Mexico’s assist master, Miguel Layún. Though, that result will mean very little, and does mean very little, when a championship is on the line…this will be no friendly.

Neutralize Sánchez

Chile’s most dominant attacking threat is none other than Alexis Sánchez. His presence will cause havoc for any defense in the world. However, Mexico has has only given up two goals in the group stages, both from set pieces.

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Mexico will need to dictate the rhythm of this game early, similar to that of their match with Uruguay. Also, since Mexico was able to play a friendly against Chile, they know how he will look in person. There should be no surprises. However, any mistakes made, like in the group stage match against Jamaica, and Sánchez will make El Tri pay the consequences.

Cut Throat Attacking

In the Chilean defense, Mauricio Isla at right-back will miss the game with yellow card accumulation. What should Juan Carlos Osorio do?

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Get the best wing players going in Tecatito and Hirving Lozano. This may mean that Osorio has to trot out a 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 with Chicharito and Raúl Jiménez waiting in the area, because the two wingers are lighting quick with incredible ball control.

Mexico has the talent to frustrate Chile’s defense, especially with the aerial threat of Raúl, while Chicharito disrupts the backline with his movement and pace. He’s two goals away from becoming Mexico’s All-Time leading scorer.

Can Mexico Win?

This time around, Mexico will be the home team. In last year’s edition, Mexico went into Chile with a secondary roster and pulled out a 3-3 draw. Mexico has the talent to take out the reigning champs, but it will have to come with a total focused effort.

Chile will not let Mexico breathe in terms of errors, but if Mexico stays the course (and Osorio is done experimenting), they very well could move onward to the semifinal and keep their 22-game unbeaten streak intact.

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  • Luis Vargas

    This has to be the most attractive Quarter final game. This will be the concacaf champion vs the conmebol champion

    • JoRyanSalazar

      It is the Match of the Round, for sure.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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