Midfielder Arturo Vidal promised on Saturday and intensity in the Brazilian America’s Cup and assured that Red will be a fearsome rival.
«This selection is going to be scary from start to finish,» the Barcelona player said at a press conference in Sao Paulo, two days before his debut against Japan.
Vidal claimed that the Copa arrives in a «big moment» for him and the Chilean national team, who have been able to work for more than a week with the entire group and without injuries of relevance.
«We hope to make a very nice drink, we want to go match by match but they’re going to see a selection pressing from the first minute,» he said.
Chile, winner of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, is in a phase of change, with some new players and the Colombian Reinaldo Rueda on the bench, and the final goal of qualifying for the Qatar World Cup 2022, although Vidal stressed that he does not give up the third puppet consecutively.
«We know we have new players, it’s a new process, but right now we’re just thinking about winning the Cup, not the Qatar qualifiers,» he said.
Vidal praised Rueda, of whom he highlighted the mental work he has done with the group, and expressed his desire that he remain «long» in the Red, in the face of rumors of a possible exit if Chile plays a bad championship.
The «King» considered this America’s Cup to be particular because the bulk of the selections are in a process of generational change, so it is difficult to make forecasts.
About Monday’s rival Japan, Vidal said he is aware of his strengths and especially Takefusa Kubo, the midfielder signed by Real Madrid for the affiliate.
«Kubo is a high quality player, for some reason he signed for Real Madrid. We’ve looked it up and we know how to stop it,» he said.