Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio at a crossroads after ‘shameful’ Chile thrashing
Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio was pondering his future on Sunday after his side’s 7-0 pasting by title holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals.
Saturday night’s defeat in front of thousands of Mexican fans in Santa Clara, California dreaming of seeing their team in the final was called the most bitter and humiliating in Mexico’s football history by media across the Rio Grande.
‘We had a horrible match. About my decision (whether to resign), the fact is I’m trying to digest this defeat and think calmly what to do,’ a shell-shocked Osorio told reporters.
Mexico’s manager Juan Carlos Osorio falls to his knees after Chile scored their fifth goal on Saturday
The Mexico players look dejected following Chile’s seventh goal at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara
Eduardo Vargas celebrates after he scored four times to put Chile into the Copa America semi-final
He opened his account on Saturday with this close-range effort at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara
‘What happened today was shameful, a football accident, it was a very poor performance and I offer my apologies to everyone and all the Mexico fans,’ said the Colombian, appointed in October to steer Mexico to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
‘I got it all wrong, I erred in my choices for the squad, I assume that responsibility, none of our players were at their best.’
Osorio said there was not such a gulf between Mexican and Chilean football despite the South Americans’ domination throughout the game.
‘I didn’t imagine such a big defeat and, with all due respect to Chile, there isn’t a seven-goal difference between Chilean and Mexican football,’ he said.
‘I have no explanation for the defeat, the third goal killed off all our possibilities. I see a very powerful Chile team with good chances of winning the competition.’
The defeat in front of thousands of Mexican fans was called the most humiliating in Mexico’s football history
Osorio (2nd right) walks off in dejection after the referee blew his final whistle on Saturday