Chile head into the Confederations Cup match against Germany after a controversial win against Cameroon on Sunday. Get the full football experience with 888sport.
The South American champions had calls from the video Assistant Referees working for them and also against them in what was a hugely entertaining clash in Moscow.
Goals from Vidal and Vargas put the Chileans top of their group ahead of Germany and with both teams clashing on Thursday, the tie has a whole new dimension as both will be looking to get a win to qualify to the semifinals. We take a look at the South Americans probable lineup.
Manchester City goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo is expected to return after missing the first game. Replacement, Jordi Herrera looked decent, but Bravo’s experience could be key in repelling the Germans. 33 year old Bravo has not a had a good year since his move from Barcelona and could be set for a move away from the Etihad following the arrival of Ederson from Benfica.
Chile coach, Jose Pizzi is a lover of the three at the back system. The trio of Gary Medel, Mauricio Isla and Gonzalo Jara all played as centre backs in what was a high line of defence, which may not be possible as they are set to play deeper against Germany. On the wing backs slot, Jose Bouseajour and Fuenzalida should hold sway.
Both players impressed against the Cameroonians, as they made attacking incursions into the Indomitable Lions back line, without neglecting their defensive duties.
Bayern Munich enforcer, Arturo Vidal was magnificent on Sunday, constantly intercepting opposition play and launching lightning counter attacks. He will be complemented by Charles Aranguiz, the hardworking tenacious midfielder and also by Diaz, who is the best passer of the ball in the team.
The Chile midfield is very mobile and versatile, meaning the trio can all switch roles depending on the opponent in view. Vidal ochestrated play against Hugo Broos’s men, while Diaz and Aranguiz all put in the hard shift and clocked up the miles with their relentless running and ball winning capabilities.
Alexis Sanchez who was linked with a move to Chelsea was unable to start against Cameroon, but was brought on midway into the second half to offer attacking bite. He did just that, to devastating effect, crossing the ball to Vidal for the opener and going on a mazy run, which culminated in Eduardo Vargas putting the game to bed with a late second goal.
Sanchez was not fully fit against the African Champions, but will be fully fit against Die Mannschaft. Strike partner, Vargas was in electrifying form against Sunday’s opponents, having a legitimate goal chalked off by VAR, before scoring late on.
Probable lineup: Bravo, Beausejour, Jara, Medel, Isla, Fuenzalida, Diaz, Vidal, Aranguiz, Vargas, Sanchez