Chile lookin' hot so far

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

A relaxed group of Chileans took to the field at the Croatia Soccer Club yesterday.

Chile held its first official practice after arriving in Edmonton on Monday in time to take in the Austria, Congo game at Commonwealth Stadium.

The team's every move is being documented by over 25 journalists who made the trip from Chile representing various media outlets throughout the country.

"We're used to the attention," said Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal. "We're happy to be here. We hope to play another good game like the one we had against Canada. And if we play the way we are capable of playing we think we can move on to the next round."

Chile faces Congo in the second game of a double-header tomorrow at Commonwealth Stadium. After that they'll fly back out to Toronto to face Austria in their final round-robin game of the tournament.

The South Americans opened the World Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory over Canada in Toronto on Sunday.

"I'm not sure if we'll be making a lot of changes for our game against Congo," said Chilean head coach Jose Sulantay.

"I used to be a player and I always think like a player. And as a player if the team won and played well, I know there is a good chance the same players will be in the starting lineup."

In their opening game Chile played without star midfielder Alexis Sanchez who was suspended. Sanchez, however, is eligible to play tomorrow if needed.

"Alexis hasn't played a lot lately," Sulantay said. "So we'll see. With his club team he was out for about a month and a half, then he missed the first game here. So we'll see what happens."


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