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2019 Copa America: Chile team profile

Chile team profile: 2019 Copa America key players, roster, coach, winning odds

June 2, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
La Roya will be aiming at securing a third successive Copa America title although its golden generation does not look like what it used to be.

What is Chile's 23-man squad for the 2019 Copa America?

Reinaldo Rueda's roster for the 2019 Copa America in Brazil is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Gabriel Arias, Brayan Cortes and Yerko Urra

Defenders: Mauricio Isla, Paulo Diaz, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Guillermo Maripan, Igor Lichnovsky, Jean Beausejour and Oscar Opazo

Midfielders: Arturo Vidal, Erick Pulgar, Esteban Pavez, Pablo Hernandez, Charles Aranguiz and Diego Valdes

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez, Nicolas Castillo, Eduardo Vargas, Jose Pedro Fuenzalida, Junior Fernandes and Angelo Sagal.

Who are the key players for Chile?

Alexis Sanchez

Since moving from Arsenal to Manchester United in the 2018 January transfer window, Alexis Sanchez's form has taken a massive dip. In recent times, the forward has been subjected to massive criticisms for his inability to play to the level of his hefty wages.

While struggling to find his scoring boot, the 30-year-old winger has also been dealing with fitness issues. In his last two seasons with the Red Devils, Alexis Sanchez has managed just five goals in 45 appearances.

Nonetheless, a different version of the attacker is often seen in Chile's red shirt and his impressive contribution to the back-to-back Copa America title wins in 2015 and 2016 is a vivid testament to this claim. As a result, there is no telling the sort of campaign La Roja will possible have should the misfiring ex-Arsenal marksman find his scoring form.

Arturo Vidal

In Brazil this summer, Chile will rely on the bullish and industrious nature of Arturo Vidal in its quest for a historic third successive continental title. The 31-year-old midfielder approaches the tournament in top form having recently won La Liga with Barcelona.

With his knack to score goals diminishing in recent years, Vidal makes up for the shortcoming by being as combative as possible in midfielder. Expect the ex-Bayern Munich and Juventus star to instigate a series of his side's infamous counterattacks with his ace ball winning ability.

Who is the head coach of Chile? 

Reinaldo Rueda is the current coach of Chile.

What are Chile's fixtures at the 2019 Copa America?

Chile will begin the 2019 Copa America against Japan before it takes on Ecuador. La Roja's final group game will be against 15-time continental champions Uruguay.

 

Match details, result and original broadcast info

Japan 0 - 4 Chile

June 17, 2019 7:00pmEstádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi) (São Paulo, São Paulo)

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Ecuador 1 - 2 Chile

June 21, 2019 7:00pmArena Fonte Nova (Salvador, Bahia)

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Chile 0 - 1 Uruguay

June 24, 2019 7:00pmEstadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã) (Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro)

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What are the odds of Chile winning the 2019 Copa America?

As defending champions who have won the last two editions of the South America championship, expectations are quite high for Chile. However, La Roja's golden generation of four years ago is not the same as it is now with most of its star names now aged and at the very pinnacle of their respective careers.

While the immense experience in the team could prove crucial coming up against powerhouses like Uruguay and Japan in the group stage, the imbalanced nature of the team could be the Achilles heel for Rueda's side.

Still, writing the two-time Copa America champions off before the tournament commences could come at a very huge cost.

 

 


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