Copa America 2016: Uruguay vs Mexico Match Preview
A late goal from Javier Hernandez saw the Mexican side beating the defending champions Chile in the final warm-up game for the tournament.
Mexico is in top form and enters the competition unbeaten in their last 19 competitive fixtures in all competitions.
The talented Mexican side have not conceded a single goal in 2016 and won seven games in a row after Osorio took over from Miguel Herrera.
Mexico coach Osorio is hopeful that his side can hold on to their recent form in Sunday’s clash against Uruguay.
“We arrive at the tournament in a very good moment. With the talent and commitment of the players, combined with the strategy and the way they are carrying out the plans we have decided on, Mexico has a great chance to win the Copa America,’’ said Osorio after their victory against Chile in San Diego.
“This is football and anything can happen, but hopefully the dream of the Mexican public is the same dream of the players. We want it to take us far,” he added.
Mexico had the upper hand and outplayed teams like United States, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Chile in the recent past. With all these teams featuring in this edition of Copa America, critics believe that Osorio’s boys are one the favourites to clinch the title.
However the star studded Uruguay squad have all the ability to upset Mexico’s winning streak. Under Oscar Tabarez the Uruguay side have become one of the leading names in World football. They finished 4th in the 2010 World Cup and won their 15th Copa America title in 2011.
The squad could be a bit concerned with a recent dip in form as they suffered three defeats in their last 10 competitive fixtures and an unfit Luis Suarez can be a massive blow for Oscar Tabarez’s side.
“Uruguay has no obligation to win the Copa, but we definitely have to be responsible,” said the Uruguay defender Alvaro Pereira.
“We have a rich history and we want to keep writing it game by game. But we know it will be hard and unusual because of the added CONCACAF teams, as well as the large distance between stadiums,” he added.
Possible XI: Ochoa; Reyes, Marquez, Moreno, Aguilar, Layun; Herrera, Guardado, Duenas; Hernandez, Peralta
Possible XI: Muslera; Gimenez, Godin, M. Pereira, A. Pereira; Laxalt, Rios, Gonzalez, Vecino; Hernandez, Cavani