Chile's Diaz: We were the best team in the group stages

Chile midfielder Marcelo Diaz said his side was the best performer in the Copa America group stages, ahead of his team's quarterfinal clash with Uruguay

Marcelo Diaz said Chile was the best side in the Copa America group stages, as it prepares to take on reigning champion Uruguay.

The tournament host topped Group A and scored 10 goals - more than double the tally of any other team - to set up a quarterfinal meeting with Oscar Tabarez's outfit in Santiago on Wednesday.

Jorge Sampaoli's men suffered only one on-field blip - a 3-3 draw with Mexico - with midfielder Diaz claiming Chile was the best performer of the 12 nations in the first phase. 

"The statistics are clear, I think Chile did very well in the group stages," he told a news conference. Our performances were progressing with [each game]. There were very good teams in the other groups, but I agree that Chile were the best team in the group stages.

Diaz also warned of the challenge of facing the Copa champion, but pledged to "give his life" against Uruguay - with Chile beating its South American rival only once in its past four meetings.

"Uruguay are a very tough opponent, and we know how they play. They have a totally different style to us, which doesn't mean it's better or worse,” he added. "We know their strengths, and we are working on that. We know that we also have our strong points and we have to use them to complicate a team that is very organized defensively.

"It's a team who will exploit our mistakes and commit the fewest. We will give our lives for Wednesday's game."

Chile and Uruguay last met in November at the Estadio Monumental in a friendly, with the latter coming from behind to triumph 2-1. Diaz, who featured that day in Santiago, wants his side to improve on the errors made during the encounter.

"We both played a great match, but two errors cost us dearly," the Hamburg man added. "We will do everything possible to reach the semifinals. Our best way to fight Uruguay is to have the ball and play our game.

The winner of Chile-Uruguay will meet either Peru or Bolivia in the semifinals in Santiago on June 29.