Chile expects tougher game against Congo

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

Chile expects a different battle when they go up against Congo today (8:30 p.m.) at Commonwealth Stadium.

Unlike the Canadians who Chile defeated in their first game of the tournament, Congo is not afraid to venture forward.

"We saw Congo play against Austria and they have certain aspects that are strong," said Chilean head coach Jose Sulantay. "They are very fast and they have a lot of offensive potential. They are a very different team than Canada who plays more of a European style of play."

Congo looked impressive at times in their 1-1 tie with Austria on Monday. But there were also times where they looked very vulnerable on defence.

Chile makes its living exploiting defensive vulnerabilities - something Canada found out firsthand.

"I think they were a little disorganized in defence," said Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal. "But they are talented. However we just have to worry about what we have to do and not so much on what our opponents are doing. We just have to keep playing the same we played in our first game."

Following the game in Edmonton Chile will return to Toronto to face Austria in their final game of the group stage.

If the South Americans finished first or second in their group, then they'll return to Edmonton to play in the second round of the tournament.

Chile's travel schedule is among the toughest of the 24 teams competing in the event.

"The travel is tough and a lot of it has to do with the times of the flights," Sulantay said.

"It's difficult to get any rest on the plane, especially when you are travelling such long distances. Another thing that concerns us is that we're playing on artificial turf in Toronto and natural grass here. That's another thing we have to be aware of."


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