Chile coach Sampaoli aiming to eliminate Spain

The 54-year-old hopes to send the world champions out of the tournament at the Maracana and will make a late decision on Arturo Vidal's fitness
By Greg Stobart at Estadio Maracana

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli says it would be great if his side were to dump Spain out of the World Cup when they face the holders on Wednesday.

Vicente Del Bosque's men will exit the tournament if they lose to Chile at the Maracana after their humbling 5-1 defeat to Netherlands in their Group B opener.

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Chile won their first match of the tournament against Australia and Sampaoli is now aiming to eliminate Spain from the tournament.

"If we play well tomorrow, win and kick them out of the World Cup it will be very positive for us," Sampaoli said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

"We know Spain need to win tomorrow and that they are out if they lose.

"This is obviously something we are bearing in mind. We will choose a side that suits playing against a team that must win to stay in the tournament."

The Chile coach is unlikely to make any changes to the team that started against Australia but revealed he would wait until Wednesday before making a final decision on midfielder Arturo Vidal, who played for an hour on Friday on his comeback from knee surgery.

"I said it would be difficult for him to join us [at the World Cup] because he had a serious injury and he had surgery," said Sampaoli.

"However, he played against Australia and we will see how he feels now. We will assess tomorrow whether he can play, he’s been training this week and he’s really eager to play. He will play some minutes."