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|Bet:||Returns:||Chile £15.30||Draw £38.00||Australia £60.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Chile £15.00||Draw £40.00||Australia £70.00|
|Bet:||Returns:||Chile £15.00||Draw £37.50||Australia £65.00|
Coach Claudio Borghi took over in a time of near-crisis following the resignation of the popular Bielsa, but the down-to-earth Argentine has steadied the ship and gradually brought in his own men and ideas. There will be no complex, Bielsista tactical diagrams from the ex-Boca coach, who prefers to keep intervention to a minimum and let his players exploit their natural talent.
The Udinese striker is one of the most coveted young players in Europe right now. Opposition defences tremble when they see his name on the team-sheet, and the giants of European football dream of adding him to their own.
His startling speed and control have made Sanchez lethal in the final third in Serie A, and he will look to reproduce this form on the international stage. This ex-River Plate star is no secret to South American defences; whether they can stop him though, is a different question entirely.
COPA AMERICA HISTORY
- Best finish: Runner-up on 4 occasions (1955, 1956, 1979 & 1987).
- Biggest victory: 7-0 vs. Venezuela, in the Copa América 1979.
- Worst defeat: 0-6 vs. Uruguay, in the Copa América 1947.
HOW THEY PLAY
Ownership of the ball is emphasised under the current trainer, as is a rapid transition up the field- albeit with care taken not to leave the defence exposed. The order imposed by Ponce and Contreras, the midfield bite of Vidal and Medel, the creative genius of Valdivia and the firepower of Alexis Sanchez and 'Chupete' are the key pieces to the puzzle Borghi must put together to gain success in his native Argentina.
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||Defender||25||West Bromwich (England)
||Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
||Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)
Elías Figueroa: As well as being recognised by none other than Beckenbauer and Pele as one of the greatest ever central defenders, Don Elias is the eighth best South American player of the 20th Century, according to IFFHS. Figueroa was a brick wall at the back for Chile, who demanded attention for how he could cut an opposition attack with astonishing elegance and composure and start an attack from deep. The Penarol and Internacional icon played just one Copa America for Chile, in which they equalled their best finish of second place in 1979. He would sum up his ability as a defender with one famous phrase: "The area is my home. People only enter with my permission".
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