“We are literally immersed in tactical analysis, we have already identified Chile’s strengths and weaknesses and ran simulations in training so that we can devise strategies to neutralize their forces and take advantage of their weaknesses,” Sampaio said in a video released by the Brazilian Football Confederation.
After a 1-1 draw on Sunday against Ecuador in its last match in the group stage, a result that confirmed its leadership in Group B, Brazil returned to Rio de Janeiro on Monday to continue its training while considering the confrontation of Chile, which finished fourth in Group A.
Sampaio stressed that one of Chile’s strengths is its technical superiority, something it shares with Brazil, explaining that this is why its most dangerous line is the middle, with distinguished players, including Arturo Vidal, Eric Polgar and Charles Aranjuez.
He also highlighted the danger of striker Eduardo Vargas for being a good target.
In this regard, the former Brazilian said, “As a technical difference, most of the ways to build attacks in Chile pass through Vidal. We have focused on these tactical differences so as not to be surprised.”
The technical assistant also highlighted that in the current Chilean team, many players with whom Chile won the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas stand out, stressing that: “The basis of those victories still exists.”
He continued, “In the days leading up to the match, we will modify the model that we developed (to face Chile) so that everything goes well and we can enter the quarter-finals with dignity and thus continue to compete.”
Sampaio expressed Brazil’s desire to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition, but explained that “the Seleção” has “great respect towards Chile”, as well as a lot of passion and love because Chilean football is similar in some moments to Brazilian football because of its technical superiority.
The historical records of winning the tournament between the two teams are heavily skewed by Brazil, even though Chile were the continental champions in 2015 and 2016.
Brazil won the 2019 edition after several years of not winning the continental championship, but at the time it was hosting the competitions on its home soil.
In a total of 21 matches between the two teams in the Copa America matches, Brazil achieved 16 wins and two draws, compared to 3 victories for Chile.
Chile’s victories over Brazil in the Copa America were in the 1956, 1987 and 1993 versions, but in the last match between them in the 2007 Continental Championship, Brazil beat La Roja 6-1. – (Effie)