Two from two so far at the World Cup, Chile have been lavished with plenty of praise from pundits and punters alike, but rushing to acquire their roster lock, stock and barrel would be a foolish move.
With Arsenal and particularly Liverpool among the Premier League outfits looking to the transfer window to bolster their squads ahead of the coming campaign, the lure of bringing in Jorge Sampaoli’s uber-grafting foot soldiers must be resisted.
Chile, narrow 33/20 outsiders to down the Netherlands in the battle for Group B top-spot on Monday, are a side defined by the gung-ho doctrine of former manager Marcelo Bielsa, of whom Sampaoli is an acknowledged disciple.
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Chile’s is an ethos of 100 per cent commitment to the team ethic, a high-pressure, high-pressing game that can be blown to smithereens by a single long ball if so much as one man fails to pull his weight.
It’s a system that can make ordinary players with a strong work ethic look like world beaters, but removed from such a well-versed group, many of Sampaoli’s charges seem mediocre.
Take a look at their side beyond star names Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal (of Barcelona and Juventus respectively) and there are some fairly average players manning the pumps.
For all he was talked up, Gary Medel was still relegated with Cardiff City in 2013/14, while right wing-back Gonzalo Jara will be out of contract at Championship Nottingham Forest in nine days time.
Even Napoli-owned striker Eduardo Vargas, who is 6/4 to follow up his opener against Spain by netting versus the Netherlands, isn’t feeling the love from his employers.
Having signed on at Stadio San Paolo in 2011 he has spent much of the past two years out on loan, most recently netting a far from stellar five strikes in 25 starts for Valencia.