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Rumors of discontent in Mexican locker room before Brazil clash surface

Brazil v Mexico: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

It is safe to say Mexico’s 3-0 defeat to Sweden cost El Tri more than an easier path to the Quarterfinals. On Wednesday, FOX Deportes journalist Ruben Rodriguez revealed there were feelings of discontent among several Mexican internationals following the defeat to Sweden.

According to Rodriguez, several Mexican players were not happy about coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s decision to play virtually the same lineup from the previous two games, as many were hoping to get minutes against Sweden. This apparently caused the group of players to lower their commitment to the team in the days that followed.

The news comes a day after Jonathan dos Santos was seen liking a tweet criticizing Rafael Marquez’s presence in the starting lineup against Brazil. Jonathan would later go on to unlike the tweet hours later.

While at the end of the day it probably didn’t have too much of a profound effect in the final result against Brazil, it is a reminder that managing a team isn’t as easy as it sounds.