After suffering a pair of potentially troubling injuries in the group stage, Mexico boss Luis Fernando Tena was happy to report that he will have a full squad in the Olympic quarterfinals.
"Everybody's ready now, they trained today and I have 18 players ready for battle," Tena said after practice on Friday.
Midfielder Hector Herrera missed the Group B finale against Switzerland after coming off during the Gabon game with a strained ankle. Defender Nestor Vidrio also picked up an injury, as the Pachuca player came off at halftime against the Swiss.
Having a full bench against Senegal for the quarterfinals was deemed as key by Tena in order to be able to defeat Senegal at Wembley on Saturday.
"Senegal has surprised a lot of people," Tena noted. "I've watched videos [of their games] and they were definitely better than Uruguay and Team GB, and that shows you the kind of power they wield."
Tena went one step further to praise his next opponent, stating that other than Brazil, Senegal was the team that impressed him the most.
"Mexicans are a happy people, we think that this will be easy, that if we're not facing teams like Germany or Brazil then it will not be difficult, but Sengeal is a very tough game, they have a strong team."
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