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Team Chile: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

Team Chile: The Road to the FIFA World Cup 2014

In the first half of the CONMEBOL qualifying rounds, Chile were mediocre at best. They suffered a string of upsets and conceded goals at an average of two per match. The fault may not necessarily be that of the players. The blame could have been put on Borghi’s lame, outdated, and poor tactics, in addition to lousy selection policies. Following three losses in a row (to Argentina, Ecuador, and Colombia), he was fired on November. He was replaced by new coach Jorge Sampaoli, and the good streak began drawing in. As the man at the helm, Sampaoli won five of his seven qualifying matches (the other two were split between a draw and a defeat).

 

Chile’s shot in the FIFA World Cup 2014 finals may be a good one, especially that they are playing on their home continent―an arrangement notorious to CONMEBOL’s strong inclination to home victories. Naturally, Chile players are also far more accustomed to some of the high temperatures and throttling humidity levels of tropical Brazil.

 

La Roja have constructed a plan that takes into account their speed. Depending upon the health and exhaustion levels of the players, Sampaoli’s team could exude a possession-based tactic that can produce scoring chances in full swing. Such flexibility is crucial and it will add as a determining factor of their potential fate in the tournament.

 

Chile are groomed by a powerhouse ensemble. World-class Alexis could score goals whenever he wants to, while Arturo Vidal is considered to be among his generation’s best central midfielders. The first-choice wing-backs are also outstanding and Marcelo Diaz is a gearwheel most international teams would wish to thieve.

 

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