World Cup 2014 team preview – Chile

Manager: Jorge Sampaoli
Captain – Cladio Bravo (Crystal Palace)

 

 

Chile is could be consider as outsider or one of the dark horses of the tournament. They played with high-intensity, high-pressure brand of football.

Notable Strength -They will have the capabilities at hand to disrupt the opposition and keep the ball for long periods themselves. and attacking threats anchored with Alexis Sánchez.

Notable Weakness – Defense. That’s the major concern for them. If they stop the flow of goal into their own net , they could be a difficult team to play.

 

Projected Starting XI

 

 

Goalkeeper – Claudio Bravo will be starting between the sticks for Chile

Defenders – Defense is a major concern for Chile , Gary Medel is the anchor of that defense , it will include Mauricio Isla  , Gonzalo Jara and Eugenio Mena at the backline.

Midfielders – Arturo Vidal will be crucial for Chile’s success , Mauricio Isla could start at the midfield. You could add Jean Beausejour ,  Marcelo Díaz , Fabián Orellana and Jorge Valdívia at the midfield mix.

Forwards – Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas  will be expected to lead the attacking line for chile. Both could provide headaches to opposing defenders.

Key Player –Arturo Vidal will be crucial for Chile , Probably the most complete midfielder in the world. Exceptional passing is , excellent tackling and ability to read the game is outstanding. His work-rate and athleticism is as impressive as anyone in the game.

Notable Missing Players – Matías Fernández has been ruled out of the squad

Surprise – Well if anyone would be surprise , it could be the opponents of Chile . They can be a dangerous squad to deal with. But then the surprise player could be Jorge Valdívia. 

 

One to Watch –  Alexis Sanchez should be the player to watch for Chile , if can carry the team along with Vidal is yet to be answered. One thing is for sure Sanchez could provide headaches for the opposing defenders. Eduardo Vargas should provide a lot of help for the Alexis Sanchez who will be a marked man for Chile.

Young Star – Chile brought a mature squad , But two younger players such as fullback and winger Miiko Albornoz could thrive if he’s given playing time. But Felipe Gutiérrez be more influential if he’s given a chance at the midfield.

 

Projection

Making it out of the Group Stage should be a good achievement for them. Especially they belong in the group with world cup finalist Netherlands and Champions Spain. If they make it to the round of 16, It would be to the cost of either Spain and Netherlands.

 

Complete Squad

 

# Pos. Player age Caps Goals Club
1 GK Claudio Bravo (Captain) 31 79 0 Spain Real Sociedad
12 GK Cristopher Toselli 25 4 0 Chile Universidad Católica
23 GK Johnny Herrera 33 8 0 Chile Universidad de Chile
2 DF Eugenio Mena 25 25 3 Brazil Santos
3 DF Miiko Albornoz 23 2 1 Sweden Malmö
4 DF Mauricio Isla 25 47 2 Italy Juventus
13 DF José Rojas 30 19 1 Chile Universidad de Chile
17 DF Gary Medel 26 61 5 Wales Cardiff City
18 DF Gonzalo Jara 28 65 3 England Nottingham Forest
5 MF Francisco Silva 28 12 0 Spain Osasuna
6 MF Carlos Carmona 27 44 1 Italy Atalanta
8 MF Arturo Vidal 27 54 8 Italy Juventus
10 MF Jorge Valdívia 30 57 4 Brazil Palmeiras
14 MF Fabián Orellana 28 26 2 Spain Celta Vigo
15 MF Jean Beausejour 30 59 5 England Wigan Athletic
16 MF Felipe Gutiérrez 23 18 1 Netherlands Twente
19 MF José Pedro Fuenzalida 29 23 1 Chile Colo-Colo
20 MF Charles Aránguiz 25 21 2 Brazil Internacional
21 MF Marcelo Díaz 27 21 1 Switzerland Basel
7 FW Alexis Sánchez 25 67 22 Spain Barcelona
9 FW Mauricio Pinilla 30 27 6 Italy Cagliari
11 FW Eduardo Vargas 24 30 14 Spain Valencia
22 FW Esteban Paredes 33 35 10 Chile Colo-Colo

 

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