Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Chile gear up for tough Confed Cup semi-final against Portugal

Chile gear up for tough Confed Cup semi-final against Portugal

"We know that in the semi-finals both Chile and Germany are great teams, but we are confident and want to win".

Known for his aggressive play on the pitch, it appears that off it the Bayern Munich man is just as combative, and has in a recent interview in no way sat on the fence when it comes to his views on Portugal's most famous son.

Can has been used in all three of Germany's group games, playing the full 90 minutes against Chile and Cameroon after coming on as a sub in the opener against Australia.

The Portuguese manager said a game-day decision would be made regarding midfielder Bernardo Silva, who sustained an ankle injury in his squad's last group stage match, a 4-0 win against New Zealand.

"We're obviously at a disadvantage", Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said.

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"Let's hope they are able to play at the same level tomorrow as we've seen until now". Now the four qualified teams move into the next round which is the semi-finals and even if they lose, they will still have a chance to play for 3 round. Raphael Guerreiro is also still recovering from a left ankle blow he suffered in the 1-0 win over Russian Federation.

It was and still is hard to picture Portugal and Chile on top of their all-powerful continents next to Italy, Spain and France or Brazil and Argentina, but here they are looking to make the most of their moments in the sun and progress to Confederations Cup big final.

A clever defender with a mean streak, Portugal's defense is anchored on Pepe, the Real Madrid central defender who has been at the heart of the team's back line for the past decade.

Silva finally provided Portugal with further breathing space 10 minutes from time as the AC Milan-bound striker ran at the Kiwi defence before drilling into the roof of the net.

Dugout has partnered with the Football Federation of Portugal as the online publishing platform expands its portfolio of contributors to worldwide teams ahead of next year's Fifa World Cup. - Either Portugal or Chile will become the first nation to reach the final in their Confederations Cup debut since France in 2001 - the French had won the European Championship in the previous year, as Portugal have done.

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