The Argentine was delighted with the way his players took the game to the defending world champions and says he won't change his approach against Netherlands
First-half goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz proved enough for Sampaoli’s energetic side who advanced to the knockout stages alongside the Netherlands.
“We’re very happy to have played against Spain the way we have done. We played at a very intense pace, with courage and that is the reason we won,” Sampaoli said at the post-match press conference.
“We won against a very difficult opponent and now we have qualified for the second round before we expected to, so we’re really happy.
“I’m proud of my players. The most important thing for me is to appreciate the way we have played to stop Spain.”
The next challenge for the Chileans is to beat the Netherlands and finish top of Group B – a feat which would likely mean they avoid Brazil in the round of 16.
“We know that if we have to play Brazil we will play the local team. If we don’t win against the Netherlands we will probably have to play them,” he said.
“Of course we’ve started to think about what might happen, but considering our performances…
“I’m not going to change my style for the Netherlands. We have to play in a way which means we can win.
“We cannot make any mistakes and I hope we can play with the same dedication as we did today.”
Sampaoli will be hoping key midfielder Arturo Vidal is fit to face the Oranje. The Juventus midfielder is suffering with a lingering knee injury which saw him forced off late on against Spain.
“Vidal had some problems with his leg and has had some problems over the last few days with his tendon,” said Sampaoli.
“Today he played a very intense match and it’s difficult when you have constant pain. It’s incredible what he achieved today but he’s under control, he’s being treated. He knows that after every match he feels the pain but he can manage it because he has a strong personality.”