The coach of the Chilean national team, the Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, stated, after being eliminated in the semi-finals of the Copa América by losing 0-3 to Peru, that his team entered the match more thinking about the final of the Dom i ingo than in the semi-final with the Peruvian combine.
“Perhaps mentally we wanted to play the final before we resolved this situation. We come in thinking more about Sunday. It’s a marker that didn’t go through any of us’s heads,” said Rueda, who took responsibility for the fateful Red night. The coach considered that it is possible that some Chilean players would go out on the court carefully not to see a yellow card and be left unable to play the final for a penalty. At the start of the match, the only players from Chile admonished were the midfielders Charles Aránguiz and Arturo Vidal.
“You have to have balance and manhood to take responsibility and the character to know that they were better and more timely,” Rueda said.
The Colombian opined that the match was settled in the 20th minute when Peru scored the first goal and regretted that his players did not react until their opponent scored the second goal in the 38th minute.
“Chile tried to react, but we came across a team that had the psychological advantage of the scoreboard and a great archer who was on a great night. That deprived us of the discount,” Rueda said.
“We talked that if we got the discount, we could go back to the scoreboard. In the second half Peru made a waiting block and we tried to open the court with Beausejour and Isla, but we found a great goalkeeper,” he added.
“We had to be smart to take advantage of the opponent. It’s no use having the ball if you don’t have the force to finish. We didn’t have the force. We weren’t fine. It was without exaggeration five times and it was not given,” he continued.
The Chile coach described Peru’s second goal, scored by Yoshimar Yotún after goalkeeper Gabriel Arias left his goal to try to reach a split ball outside the box sooner.
“The second goal is naivety, and that’s where I think the match is defined,” said Rueda, who asked not to sacrifice Arias for acting in front of the Peruvians.
“For this result we cannot go to the other end and sacrifice Gabriel. I think it was the whole bus that didn’t work. Gabriel’s been great. He made a very good championship in Argentina and became champion with Racing,” he added.
The Colombian defined himself as “a bad loser” and admitted that his ambition was to reach the final, “especially because of how the team had been behaving”, which against Peru lacked the aggression he had shown during the rest of the tournament.
The coach acknowledged that the match was similar to the friendly that both teams played in October last year in Miami (United States), where Peru also won 3-0.
However, Chile only had on Wednesday four players who were in that friendly, while Peru presented almost the same team.