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.
Chile will be taking on England in a friendly match, which will be one of the very few that the South American team has before the start of the World Cup 2014.
This will be an acid test for the team according to Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli. Sampaoli has managed to transform the fortunes of the Chile team in the last few years. They are now regarded as one of the strongest teams from South America particularly due to the presence of players like Alex Sanchez. Chile qualified for the World Cup following their win over Ecuador.
Chile winger Alexis Sanchez was one of the major arrivals for Barcelona a few years ago, but he has not been up to the standards expected of him after his € 35 million move from Udinese.
This has led to suggestions that he may be sold in the summer with the likes of Paris St Germain interested in him. The arrival of new manager Gerardo Martino also put his future in the major cloud of doubt, but the new manager coming has worked in the best possible manner for the 24-year-old. He has been an important part of the team since the arrival of Martino.
The American Major League Soccer competition has grown in popularity year upon year, with many people now starting to understand why football has become the leading sport for most of the world. For a long time now there has been a good number of the American people who have watched European competitions from their homes and bars.
Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez has said that he will stay at the Spanish club and fight for his place despite increased competition following the arrival of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos.
The 21-year-old is the latest high-profile signing for the Catalan club. He has been signed for a whopping £ 49 million, which makes him the second most expensive player in Barcelona's history. As a result, he is almost ensured of a starting place in the coming season. This would leave Sanchez fighting a huge battle in order to get into the first-team regular basis.
Italian club Juventus are extremely close to winning the title for the second consecutive season, but they are not prepared to rest on their laurels.
The general director of the club, Beppe Marotta, has said that Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben and Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez are transfer targets for the club in the summer. Chilean winger Sanchez has struggled for form since his £ 35 million move from Udinese to Barcelona. Hence, there have been rumours that he may return to Italian football, where he enjoyed the best football of his career.
Despite being the underdogs going into the match against Uruguay, Chile managed to get a 2-0 win in the World Cup qualifying match. After this crucial victory, Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli has said that his team got the reward for putting in a great performance.
The 53-year-old said that his team totally deserved the three points from this match. Chile came into the encounter against Uruguay having recently lost the World Cup qualifying match against Peru. As a result, there was a lot of pressure on Sampaoli to deliver a win in this match.
Chile managed to win the second consecutive game after the arrival of the new manager Jorge Sampaoli when they won 2-1 against a strong Egypt side.
Chile recently brought in the manager Jorge Sampaoli after a poor run of results that left their aspirations to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in tatters. Since his arrival, Sampaoli has been in charge of the team two matches. He opened his account with the national team in a 3-0 win over Haiti. It was an impressive result, but his team faced strong opposition in the form of Egypt in a friendly match.
Chile have recently appointed Jorge Sampaoli as the new manager of the national team. His work will be beginning with the matches against Haiti and Senegal. The manager has named up the squad that will be taking part in these friendly matches, and it is largely composed of the domestic based players.