Chile ‘on a very high level’ ahead of Copa quarters: Coach

Santiago, June 20 (IANS) Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has voiced his delight at his side’s performance in their 5-0 Group A win against Bolivia in Coipa America.

Goals from Charles Aranguiz (two), Alexis Sanchez, Gary Medel and an own goal from Ronald Raldes helped the Copa America hosts to all three points here on Friday, thus securing top spot in their section.

“We were in control throughout the game. We were very strong, something we were lacking before. It was a great game for us. We were on an incredibly high level,” Sampaoli said at a press conference.

“The team dominated, like in the other games. But we were on a much higher level.

“Chile will not change its style for the quarter-finals. Playing like this is the only way to beat the big teams we will meet from here on.

“We will now get ready for our next opponent. We scored a lot of goals against Mexico and did the same today. But we have to keep an eye on the balance of the team.”

The Chile boss then went on to praise Jorge Valdivia following his man-of-the-match performance, while also hailing Aranguiz’s role in the comprehensive victory.

“Jorge has made the necessary physical development,” he added. “They said he could not play for 90 minutes, but he has got a lot of playing time.

“Charles also put in a great performance.”

Chile will meet the third-placed team from Group B or Group C in the quarter-final on June 24 in Santiago.

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