Key Player – Arturo Vidal

Another thing Chile have in their favour is that they have arguably the most complete midfield player in world football within their ranks. That man, of course, is Juventus’ Arturo Vidal.

There is seemingly nothing this fine, fine midfielder can’t do: His passing is exceptional. His tackling and ability to read the game is outstanding. His work-rate and athleticism is as impressive as anyone in the game. From the penalty spot he has a steely nerve and unwavering composure.

And this season, he’s started to add a regular stream of goals to his game too. Vidal is an inspirational figure for Sampaoli’s team and his teammates in turn will look to him – a player who has won major honours with the Bianconeri – to inspire them to a prosperous tournament on their own continent.

Pages 1 2