July 26, 2017

Chile feels the fatigue from its all-out play in Confed Cup

28 June 2017, 02:18 | Simon Arnold

Emre Can believes the South American side are favourites for the Confederations Cup match

Emre Can believes the South American side are favourites for the Confederations Cup match

"We know that in the semi-finals both Chile and Germany are great teams, but we are confident and want to win".

Portugal have an ideal mix of young and potent players like Andre Silva, Andre Gomes, Bernardo Silva and Raphael Guereiro led by experienced veterans who have won all and refuse to stop like Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo.

They go into the match-up having netted seven times in three games - drawing 2-2 with Mexico, before beating Russian Federation 1-0 and thrashing the All Whites 4-0.

But Pizzi - who made his first appearance of the competition from the bench in the 4-0 victory over New Zealand last Saturday - expects a tough test in the Tatarstan capital.

Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has all 23 players fit and midfielder Charles Aranguiz has recovered from a knock in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Australia.

The man himself did not go that far but did take consolation in the fact he had go through three games without any obvious errors and reflected on the team's all-round display in similarly lukewarm fashion.

Their path to this year's showpiece in St Petersburg has been complicated by their failure to top the group but defender Gonzalo Jara does not believe meeting Group A runners-up Mexico would have been any easier.

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Santos fielded an attacking line-up packed with experience and resisted the temptation to rest Ronaldo with Portugal still requiring a point to qualify and vying with Mexico and Russian Federation for top spot.

"I think the four best teams are here so they will be some good semi-finals".

Vidal's Chile side finished behind Germany in Group B to qualify for the last four of the World Cup preparation tournament, while Ronaldo's Portugal topped a group containing Mexico, New Zealand and hosts Russian Federation - who disappointed as they managed just a single win against the Kiwis to stumble out of the competition early.

It was a typically efficient performance from Portugal who never looked in real danger despite a sluggish start. - Chile's four goals have been scored by different players (Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas and Martin Rodriguez), with Vidal, Sanchez and Vargas also providing an assist.

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Chile, who won the Copa America in both 2015 and 2016, will present Portugal with their toughest test yet in Russian Federation, but the South Americans have not beaten Portugal in three attempts, with two defeats and a draw.

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