• Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sampaoli lauds red-hot Chile

Afp, Rio de Janeiro

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli lauded his side after they dumped reigning champions Spain out of the World Cup on Wednesday to motor into the last 16 on the back of a deserved 2-0 triumph in Rio.
Spain came in on the ropes after suffering a 5-1 battering by the Netherlands and Chile delivered the knockout punch in some style to ensure they and the Dutch will compete in the next phase.
"I am proud of the way Chile put out world champions," said Sampaoli. "It was a great win over great rivals.
"Against the Dutch we must now make a similar effort and hit these heights again -- we want to finish first in the group," added the Argentinian-born coach, who knows his side are likely to clash with hosts Brazil in the next round should they come second and the Brazilians top their opening pool.
"I don't know if this is our best ever victory, as for me the best victory is always the next one. But I think it's unlikely I shall ever forget this win," he told reporters as he savored a success adding to an opening 3-1 in over Australia.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, June 20, 2014

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