Borghi slams Bielsa nostalgia: 'Whenever Chile do well it's because of him'

The Argentine coach believes he has been unfairly targeted by sections of the Chilean media, who do not see him as a worthy successor to El Loco despite a positive start
Claudio Borghi has slammed the Chilean media for giving too much credit to Marcelo Bielsa for their current good form, claiming that 'El Loco' is praised for everything that goes right while the blame for poor results lies with him.

The former Colo Colo, Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors trainer was under pressure in 2011, when a disappointing quarter-final finish at the Copa America was followed by heavy defeats at the hands of Argentina and Uruguay in the World Cup qualifiers.

Since then, however, La Roja picked up credible wins against Paraguay and Bolivia to move up to second in the Conmebol standings, and Borghi is now critical of the 'disrespectful' nostalgia that many in Chile still have for the current Athletic Bilbao.

"People believe that all the good things in the team are down to him. And the bad things, down to me. What stands out for me is that everyone talks about his work but no-one saw him work because he was very solitary," the Argentine fired in an interview with FoxSports.

"We are second in these qualifiers, with a better points total [after five games] than in the last three, but there are aspects of my personality that people don't like.

"It would seem that the vast majority of people are not paying attention to the work we have done."

Chile will have the opportunity to go top of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers this Saturday, when they meet Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz.

La Roja have picked up nine points from their opening five fixtures, as they look to repeat their qualification success of 2010.