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Juan Carlos Osorio says Mexico victory over Germany was six months in the making

Mexico Training Session & Press Conference - FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

It took six months for Juan Carlos Osorio to plot Mexico’s win over Germany, the Mexico coach confirmed in his postgame press conference following Mexico’s thrilling win on Sunday.

“We had designed a plan approximately six months ago,” Osorio said. “With the injuries, we had to change some things around, but the plan was always to attack with speed on the wings.”

From the beginning, Osorio always made it clear that the most important game in the group stage was going to be against Germany. After receiving a thumping in the Confederations Cup, it was natural to expect a similar game, with Mexico having more possession of the ball and Germany playing in the counter. The opposite. however, happened, and Germany were caught completely off guard by Mexico’s change of planning. All of this typified with a 35th minute winner from Hirving “Chucky” Lozano.

Mexico must now exercise the same level of application against South Korea when both teams meet on Saturday at Rostov Arena in a must win game for the Koreans. El Tri know that a win would put potentially seal their place in the Round of 16.