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Vidal: “Spain are going to be really up for this”

AS AS 15/06/2014 Aritz Gabilondo

Chile, in their World Cup headquarters in Belo Horizonte, are utterly focused on their next match, against Spain, on Wednesday in the Maracana. Having beaten Australia (3-1) in their opening match their aim now is nothing less than knocking Spain out and securing early classification from the group stage. For that to happen Chile need to win and for the Netherlands to avoid defeat to Australia.

Chile's Vidal expects a tough match on Wednesday © Proporcionado por AS Chile's Vidal expects a tough match on Wednesday

While Spain are still in a ‘state of shock’ after the 5-1 rout by the Netherlands, the match is unlikely to be easy for the Chileans. The South Americans also have memories of 2010, when Spain beat them 2-1 in the last game to win the group. “It will be a tough game. Spain are world champions and it was a real shock for them to be beaten like that. We know the quality of their players, and that they will be coming into this seething”, said Arturo Vidal, who miraculously recovered from the knee injury he was carrying and played an hour against Australia.

Although Chile are conscious that they need to work on a number of areas that didn’t function well against Australia, particularly in the second half, they are confident of overcoming Spain in the Maracana. They sides have played several times in recent years, with tight matches on every occasion. “For them it’s a chance to bounce back from the opening game, but for us it’s a chance for revenge for 2010. Hopefully we can beat them”, said wingback Mauricio Isla.

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