SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Fans of Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio might be surprised by the tactics he's taking - or not taking - with the possibility of a shootout looming.
If Mexico and Chile are tied at the end of 90 minutes, the teams will go to a penalty shootout to determine who will face Colombia in the Copa America Centenario semifinal. Osorio is notorious for his preparation, meticulously keeping notes on opposing players, on his own players and other players. But when it comes to the potential of spot kicks, Osorio said he's not worried about preparing his troops for the possibility the match comes down to a shootout.
"I think that I once heard a great man of soccer say, 'Penalties in training are a tactical decision, in a soccer match it's an emotional state,' and I think that with ball sitting there, we could practice 20 of them, but the day of the match it would be another scene," Osorio said.
Though his opposite number, Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi, doesn't have the same reputation for preparation, his team is getting ready for the chance the match will be decided from 12 yards out.
"We’ve practiced penalties because we’re not ruling out that it could happen in the match," the coach said.
It's possible that Mexico captain Rafa Marquez could be one of the five shooters for El Tri if the match reaches that point. Marquez returned to the Mexico camp after going back to Guadalajara for the birth of his third son.
"I think he’s happy, Everything went well, he’s again a father. I think he’s in really good spirits," Osorio said of Marquez before Friday's training session. "I imagine that he’s a little tired, or a lot, we’ll see today, but I think in the mental part he’s very good."