SAN JUAN - Chile may have
changed their coach but will not have altered their attacking
style, Mexico coach Luis
Fernando Tena said on Sunday ahead of the teams' Copa
Chile, surprise entrants into the World Cup's second round,
won admirers in South Africa for the way the Marcelo
Bielsa-coached side took the game to their opponents.
Bielsa has since resigned and been replaced by fellow
Argentine Claudio Borghi, regarded a more cautious tactician.
But Tena, whose side face Chile in the Argentine city of San
Juan on Monday, said he expected few changes.
"It's practically the same squad, and I'd say the same style
of play," he told reporters.
"It's true that Claudio Borghi has made some changes, but
Claudio Borghi always employs that attacking style that he had
at Colo Colo and then again in Argentina."
"He has a very distinct way of playing and some great
players, especially in attack."
Borghi coached Chile's top side Colo Colo to consecutive
league titles from 2006-07 before a less successful spell at
Tena, who is Mexico's assistant coach but is in charge
during the Copa, said his squad had "had a rethink" after their
players were rocked by a disciplinary scandal before the Copa.
Eight were sent home after CCTV footage emerged showing
women entering their hotel rooms during a training camp in
Ecuador, causing eight replacements from the under-20 squad to
be drafted in at the last minute.
"Clearly they lack experience, but not quality and, above
all, the hunger to do well," Tena said.
With little experience at hand, Mexico are likely to rely
heavily on 22-year-old Giovani dos Santos who has already won more than 40 caps and played for top-flight clubs in England, Turkey
Dos Santos helped Mexico win the CONCACAF Gold Cup last
month, the regional tournament for North and Central America and
"He had a very good Gold Cup and we all saw the quality he's
got," Tena said. "But no one wins alone, and we're not going to
ask Giovani to save us or score three goals every game."
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