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The Chile coach says he has the team to make the most of Oranje's deficiencies and secure top spot in Group B

Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli believes his side have the quality to make the most of Netherlands' weaknesses when the two sides face off for top spot of World Cup Group B on Monday.

While both countries have already qualified for the round of 16, the winners of the clash in Sao Paulo are likely to avoid Brazil in the next phase of the tournament.

And Sampaoli says his men are more than equipped to find their opponents' weak spot.

"It will be a strategically difficult match for us because we have a coach against us who looks at different variables and they will try to control us," Sampaoli told a pre-match press conference.

"But we have the power to uncover certain Dutch deficiencies. The team that wins will be the one who has the necessary will.

"We are modest, but we have qualities, and the collective is more important than the individual player. We are moving forward as the matches go by, the team is maturing and we are growing up to being one of the best in the world."

Chile have been eliminated by Brazil in all three of their previous appearances in the knockout stages of the World Cup, but Sampaoli insists that the prospect of a fourth meeting with their bogey team is not central in his mind and he will not rest players on yellow cards for the final group fixture.

"We cannot decide whether we play Brazil, the qualification decides. The next opponent is always the most difficult and we will play as we can no matter who it is [in the last 16].

"Our priority is this game. We will have to win this group and we need players that will help us develop the play and we will see if the game demands that they play. We will treat it as if it is a final."

Chile face Netherlands at the Arena Corinthians at 18:00CET, with the winners topping Group B. A draw will see the Dutch qualify in first place.

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