England had a difficult fixture on Friday against Chile, one of the best teams in the recent South American qualifiers, and the visitors were able to come out on top with a solid 2-0 win in the match played at Wembley.
The two goals of the game were scored by Barcelona striker Alexis Sánchez, but that’s not the only story of the game, as La Roja were able to dominate the games at times in one of the most imposing stadiums in the world.
Chile has a solid team, from the goalkeeper to the last forward, and they showed it today, despite having two absences in Arturo Vidal and Jorge Valdivia, who were unable to play due to different injuries. These two elements are key for manager Jorge Sampaoli, but the Argentinean was able to replace them effectively for the match.
This is not the first important result Chile has gotten this year. They already held Spain to a 2-2 draw in the final minutes, and also drew with Brazil a few months ago. Chile used players based on their local league, while La Seleçao featured players like Neymar and Ronaldinho among others.
Starting with Real Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Chile has quality in the defensive line, where Juventus’ right-back Mauricio Isla and Cardiff City star Gary Medel are the two main players. Vidal is the key player in midfield, and the duo of Sánchez and Eduardo Vargas upfront can score against any opposition and are very fast-paced, something that could upset heavier teams in the warm climate of Brazil next year.
Chile is clearly evolving into a force all over the world. If they can keep up this level of performance in the World Cup next year, they could turn more than a few heads in the tournament.