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Like Mano Menezes, his Brazilian counterpart, Luis Fernando Tena also recognises the importance of preparing early for a competition.
For Menezes, he is preparing for 2014, whereas Fernando Tena began preparation for London 2012 way back in 2010.
In a surprising move to many that Mexico entered an Under-23 team in the Copa America in 2011. This unprecedented move drew huge derision from the Mexican media when El Tri were eliminated from the competition in the first round but Fernando Tena had achieved his first target.
His young players had gained vital experience from both the heat of battle on the football pitch and from the ire of the expectant media.
His second target was gold at the Pan-American Games. Having settled on the foundations for his Olympic squad, Fernando Tena experimented and made minor adjustments to the squad that had been knocked out of the Copa America. The result was a gold medal ahead of Argentina and Uruguay, in silver and bronze, respectively.
This win, in what is regarded as a minor FIFA tournament, was huge for El Tri and Fernando Tena because the tournament was held in Mexico and the expectation for a home win was massive.
But having dealt with the pressure of elimination after the Copa America, the win at the Pan American Games was child's play to his developing team.
The next step was in keeping momentum going by entering his team in the prestigious Toulon Tournament at Under-23 level. This competition was huge for El Tri as their U-17 and U-20 teams had both previously won the competition.
The U-23 team duly obliged and on July 1 they won the competition when they beat Turkey U-23 3-0 in the final, thus announcing their firm intention of being Olympic champions.
It all comes down to preparation and Luis Fernando Tena.