Juan Carlos Osorio reached his first World Cup appearance, leading Mexico to the Round of 16 where their dreams were cut short again with a 2-0 defeat to Brazil. After the match, Osorio left his continuity with the Mexico national team up in the air.
Besides being criticized constantly by fans and media experts over his rotations and strategic game plans, Osorio has managed to sustain the biggest win percentage of any Mexico manager over 80 years! His record sustains at 33W-9D-10L. In the previous cycles to reach the World Cup stage, Mexico would struggle to even make it to the tournament and had 16 managers in the last 18 years. None had high percentages of wins nor cruised into the World Cup qualification with ease.
Not only did Mexico cruise to the World Cup under Osorio’s wing, but under his managerial tactics, Mexico achieved an illustrious 2-1 win in Columbus, Ohio over the USMNT, after not winning in 50 plus years. This gave the fans some of the trust back after coming from a drastic loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario.
Osorio is a student of the game and prepares each game meticulously. Under Osorio, Mexico had a large gain of possession throughout World Cup qualifying, Copa America Centenario and the Confederations Cup, with a sum of 60 percent of possession per game. What caused a stir with Mexican fans was his rotations, with about 48-50 rotations in lineups.
It seems like a usual trend that once Mexico is bounced out the World Cup, the manager would be set free from the national team, which has been a repeated cycle in the last 18 years. Osorio is widely supported by the players and continuously receives praise from them for his tactics and how he indulges in studying the game of football. It would be In the best interest to preserve Juan Carlos Osorio for the managerial position due to his high percentages of wins and support he has been offered from the team. Osorio declined to extend his contract prior to the start of the World Cup, and has stated that he has had offers but has not sat down and reviewed what would be in his best interest.
Would you rather have Osorio back for another cycle?