Chile are coming off of two straight Copa America championships. This will be Chile’s first ever appearance in the Confederations Cup. Many people consider this Chile team to be the golden generation, so the expectations are high for them.
Juan Antonio Pizzi has picked a very strong Chile team for this tournament. This roster is almost indentical to Chile’s roster in the last two Copa Americas. Chile’s veteran core of Arturo Vidal, Claudio Bravo, and Alexis Sanchez are going through some injury problems at the moment. Bravo will miss the first game due to a calf injury and Sanchez is doubtful.
Players to watch: Arturo Vidal/Eduardo Vargas
Due to the injuries of Bravo and Sanchez, Vidal will have to step up and be Chile’s best player. Vidal hasn’t been a big part of Bayern Munich’s team and is looking for a transfer this summer. Vidal has to play well in this tournament in order to impress other teams. Vidal is currently nearing the end of his career and he has to prove that he still has the ability to put in good performances.
Although Eduardo Vargas hasn’t been a great player in club competition, he is always great when playing for Chile. Vargas has been the top scorer in each of the last two Copa Americas. With Alexis Sanchez being injured, Chile will need Vargas to play like he did in the last Copa America. The 27 year old should be in the prime of his career and will play a big part in Chile’s tournament run.
Chile are in group B with Germany, Australia, and Cameroon. I think Chile will end up finishing 2nd in their group because of their injury problems. Chile will most likely face off against Portugal in the semi-finals if they finish 2nd. This will be a very good match, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal have a slight edge over the Chile side.