Chile can prove they’re best in the world: Vidal

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Mid­fielder Ar­turo Vidal said Chile can prove they are the world’s best team and throw down a marker for next year’s World Cup by beat­ing Ger­many in to­day’s Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup fi­nal.

Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons Chile take on world cham­pi­ons Ger­many in St Peters­burg with the teams hav­ing al­ready drawn 1-1 in the group stages. Alexis Sanchez’s early strike for Chile was can­celled out by Lars Stindl when the teams met in Kazan ten days ago.

Chile are look­ing for their third in­ter­na­tional tro­phy in three years af­ter win­ning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa Amer­ica ti­tles-beat­ing Ar­gentina in the fi­nal on penal­ties on both oc­ca­sions. Hav­ing knocked Euro 2016 win­ners Por­tu­gal out of the Con­fed Cup in Wed­nes­day’s semi-fi­nal, Vidal says beat­ing Ger­many’s young guns will prove Chile are the best.

“We have proven our value, we have beaten Ar­gentina and Por­tu­gal, the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons,” said Vidal.

“If we win to­mor­row, we will prove we are the best team in the world. “We have reached this fi­nal with our spirit and at­ti­tude-this is a wait­ing room for the World Cup-and if we win to­mor­row, that will show where we are. “We still have to qual­ify for the World Cup, but we have a lot of en­ergy and want to prove our­selves.”

Chile showed their penalty shoot-out pedi­gree again in Kazan, as goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo saved all three Por­tu­gal spot-kicks af­ter it fin­ished goal­less af­ter ex­tra-time.

While Chile played 120 min­utes, Ger­many will be slightly fresher hav­ing beaten Mex­ico 41 in nor­mal time in Thurs­day’s semi-fi­nal.

A Ger­man is set to fin­ish as the tour­na­ment’s top scorer with Leon Goret­zka and Timo Werner both on three goals, while Stindl has net­ted twice. Chile coach Juan An­to­nio Pizzi says Joachim Loew’s side - the youngest Con­fed Cup squad with an av­er­age age of just over 24 - have proven youth is no ob­sta­cle to suc­cess.

“They have a set of play­ers with a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, de­spite be­ing very young,” said Pizzi, us­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich’s Joshua Kim­mich, 22, and 25-year-old Ar­se­nal de­fender Shko­dran Mustafi as ex­am­ples.

“(Joshua) Kim­mich is a cen­tral pil­lar at one of the best teams in the world. “Mustafi was part of the 2014 World Cup win­ning team and plays in the Pre­mier League, it makes them a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent. “We are ready to face them on that level and will try to make sure our work-rate is higher than theirs.” -—AFP


SAINT PETERS­BURG: Chile’s na­tional foot­ball team take part in a train­ing ses­sion in Saint Peters­burg yes­ter­day on the eve their 2017 FIFA Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup fi­nal foot­ball match against Ger­many. World Cup win­ners Ger­many will face Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons Chile in the 2017 FIFA Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup fi­nal in Saint Peters­burg to­day.

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