Copa America 2015 is knocking at our door. 12 teams are challenging for the trophy to claim the best team tag of South American Football. Visual treat, beautiful football is awaiting for football fans all over world. There is no doubt that Brazil, Argentina and Columbia are going to be the favorites of this tournament. But which team is going to be the Dark Horse of Copa America this year? The answer will be definitely Chile.
Dark Horse Of Copa America 2015
Chile is hosting the 2015 Copa America. So apart from home condition, their home supporter will cheer for them and hold their back when needed. Which is clearly some advantages for them in the campaign.
Knocking At The Door Of World Football :
Marcelo Bielsa had been appointed to manage this team in 2007. In his time of 4 years, he gave this team its true identity, a good position in world football. Chile became a fantastic team, threat, contender from being just a participant in big tournaments.
After Bielsa left Claudio Borghi had taken the reasonability of Chile’s national team, but was sacked due to poor performances of the team. Then in 2012 Jorge Sampaoli taken the charge. The philosophy, tactics and style of Sampaoli are quite similar to Marcelo Biesla.
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Style of Play And Tactics:
Under Biesla they played in 3-3-1-3 formation, hard pressing football with three strong central defenders. High pressing, attacks through the flank, fast counter attacks, triangle of passes and high line defensing were the style of play of this team. But the team couldn’t performed consistently. The style of play Jorge Sampoli is quite similar, but instead of three defenders, he played four defenders most of the time. Engaging three in the midfield, one playmaker and two forward in front. He is a great researcher of opponent’s weakness and strength.
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Key Players in Squad:
Alexis Sanchez: The Chilean forward had an outstanding season for Arsenal. Not only he dragged his team quiet single handed but he also managed to score twenty four goals and providing 12 assists in his 49 appearances for Arsenal. Sampaoli will once pin their hopes on their hitman to deliver the goods for them as he has done time and again this season for Arsenal.
Arturo Vidal: He will be the key player of this team. Apart from shielding his team and he will also build up the play for his team with his excellent ball distributing abilities. This defensive midfielder from Juventus has been outstanding this season.
Claudio Bravo: He is most experienced member of this Chile squad for Copa America 2015. He has been in brilliant form with Barcelona this season. He conceded only 19 goals with 22 clean sheets in 38 matches, which is new record in La Liga.
Other Key Members: Eduardo Vargas, Miiko Albornoz, Gary Medel, Jorge Valdivia
Despite of the home advantage and good squad, it’s tough to compete against big two of South American Football. Their performance is not so good in big tournaments. But it’s a good time to put their past behind and go for glory. They are in relatively easy group, so they need to start in good manners, which will definitely boost their confidence in later stages of tournament. But can they win this tournament? Only time has the answer.