The quarterfinals between Mexico and Chile are bound to be just as exciting as it was last year. When the two met at last year’s Copa America, the score was tied with a 3-3 draw. Arguably then their meeting this year is expected to be just as heated as it was last year.
One concern that some players from Mexico have is the chanting that would be expected as well from the fans. Midfielder Hector Herrera has said that chants of El Tri would likely be made by Mexican fans toward opposition goalkeepers.
“I think it is a tradition that has gone on for years,” Herrera said at a news conference in downtown San Jose, as ESPN reports. It is not something he is bothered over though, he also added. The chants might be louder as Mexico faces a tough opponent in Chile.
Though last year ended with a draw, the meeting this coming Saturday might be different, as speculated. Much has changed since the two sides met last year. For one, Chile has a new coach in Juan Antonio Pizzi. Chile is said to have had a rough start but things got going after that. Chile won over Panama 4-2 in their Group D meeting.
Mexico meanwhile is under new coach Juan Carlos Osorio. So far under him Mexico has a 22-game winning streak. It is something that they will bank on coming into the game this Saturday. What lineup Osorio will have remains to be seen as he constantly changes it, something which his team supports.
“We are all in agreement (with the rotations) and, personally, I like them a lot,” Herrera has said of Osorio’s constant lineup revision. This strength that Mexico has seems to be agreed upon by a number of observers. Sports Illustrated has asked a number of experts as to what Mexico’s chances are for the tournament, and all agree that at least against Chile, Mexico will come out on top.
Chances of Mexico winning Copa America 2016 is also high. Two of the experts Sports Illustrated have asked, Alexander Abnos and Avi Creditor see Mexico winning this 2016. Grant Wahl at least sees Mexico to go up to as high as the semifinals.
Perhaps a preview of the game has already come up when Mexico and Chile met for a warm-up match last June 1. In that match Mexico won 1-0. There is a good chance that can be replicated this Saturday.
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For its projected line-up Mexico will likely employ a 4-4-2 formation with forwards in Raul Jimenez and Javier Hernandez while the midfield would be manned by Jesus Molina, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado and Jesus Corona. Defenders would be Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes and Jorge Torres Nilo. Goalkeeper is Alfredo Talavera.
For Chile they will likely use a 4-3-1-2 formation with forward manned by Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas. Midfield will have one man forward with three behind and would have Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz and Arturo Vidal while Edson Puch would be forward to them. Defense is handled by Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara and Eugenio Mena. Goalkeeper is Claudio Bravo.
Quarterfinals 4 between Mexico and Chile will be at 10 p.n. Eastern. It can be seen on FX and in Spanish on Univision and UDN. Live Soccer TV has the match also listed for their live stream at 10 p.m. Eastern. Total SporTek has the game earlier at 8 p.m. Eastern. The match will be held at Levi’s Stadium at Santa Clara, California.
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