Chile reached the semi-final of the Copa America after managing to overcome defending champions Uruguay in the quarter-finals.
This has been termed as a historic moment by manager Jorge Sampaoli. The 1-0 victory for the home team means that they will have an eye on the final as they take on Peru. The opposition were not given much hope to reach this stage and Chile will represent a formidable opposition primarily due to their home advantage. The other semi-final could potentially see Brazil and Argentina coming up against each other.
Iran and Brazil are the upcoming opponents that the Chilean national football team will be facing off with before their Copa America campaign kicks off in June.
The Copa America is the main international football competition from teams in South America and Chile is going to be preparing themselves with friendly matches against Iran and Brazil which are scheduled to take place on March 26 and 29 respectively.
Alexis Sanchez says that he is confident that he will start speaking in English sooner rather than later.
The Chilean arrived from Spanish outfit Barcelona in the summer for around £ 35 million. Not many expected him to have such an immediate impact at Arsenal, as Sanchez almost single-handedly has helped Arsenal win many matches.
He has already scored 17 goals in just 26 appearances in all competitions. This includes an impressive eight assists as well. One can only expect the impact getting bigger in the coming seasons, as the 26-year-old starts to work on his language.
Manchester City have showed an over reliance on striker Sergio Aguero in the first few months of the season.
The former Atletico Madrid has been in sparkling form and he has scored 12 goals in the league so far. This is two better than his nearest competitor, Diego Costa, and a huge distance away from the likes of Robin van Persie. He once again delivered the goods in the 2-2 draw against QPR on Saturday. The result was once again a poor one for Manuel Pellegrini’s men, as they fell 8 points behind leaders Chelsea after 11 matches.
A few days ago Chile played against Peru on an international friendly match and conquered their opponents with a final scoreboard of 3-0. Chile had the upper hand throughout the entire match after having 72% of possession and launching 7 shots on target with 3 of them managing to find the back of the net.
Following the conclusion of the latest edition of the World Cup, a large number of managers from different national teams have stepped down and resigned from coaching their respective squads and nations but this isn’t the case with France’s Didier Deschamps who has a contract with his team which runs up until 2016.
The president of the French Football Federation Noel Le Graet has a healthy relationship with Didier Deschamps as Le Graet expressed his condition with the manager.
Despite his team’s loss in a World Cup match against Netherlands by 2-0, the Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli didn’t have sadness on his face in the press conference yesterday and that was understandable.
Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez has revealed that the 2-2 draw between archrivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is the perfect result for the Catalan club. The El Clasico is set to arrive in Spain in the next few weeks, but Barcelona were at a significant disadvantage in recent weeks after dropping points to both Madrid teams. There are three teams involved in the Spanish league title race this campaign with Barcelona having dropped a significant number of points in the last few matches.
Chile's national team coach Jorge Sampaoli has praised Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal as one of the best in the world. He has compared him with Lionel Messi of Barcelona by saying that the midfielder is the Messi of midfielders.
Vidal has become one of the finest midfielders in the world since making the move to Juventus in 2011. He recently signed a new contract with the Italian team that made the best paid midfielder earning around £ 180,000 per week.
Chile are preparing to face Costa Rica in a friendly match on Wednesday. This match could potentially be the make or break for several fringe players according to Chile's national team manager Jorge Sampaoli.
Chile have been classified as one of the dark horses for the title due to the presence of star names like Alexis Sanchez and Vidal amongst many others. Since these players are extremely young, this current team is expected to have a great future. They did extremely well in the previous World Cup, but the home support is expected to make them even stronger in the 2014 edition.