Chile head coach Jorge Sampaoli regrets loss of Marcelo Díaz in 2-1 defeat to Brazil
Chile head coach Jorge Sampaoli admits the loss of Marcelo Díaz affected his team in the 2-1 defeat to Brazil.
The Basel midfielder had to be replaced by Jean Beausejour after just eight minutes.
Brazil took the lead five minutes later, with Oscar assisting Hulk, following an error from defender Marcos González.
Sampaoli believes the enforced alteration was costly, even if the introduction of Jorge Valdivia eventually benefitted his side.
“Initially, we really felt the loss of Marcelo Díaz,” stated the former Universidad de Chile manager, as reported by GOAL.com.
“We knew Jorge Valdivia wasn’t going to be able to play at 100% and the substitution helped us move forward more effectively. It gave us someone to control the play in midfield.”
Sampaoli insisted before the game he would attack Brazil and was proud of his team for doing so.
“We played against a team who have some of the best players in the world sitting on the bench,” he continued. “To leave space for the likes of Robinho and Hulk shows our courage. Brazil’s willingness to play on the counter-attack shows the respect they have for us.
“Overall, this leaves us feeling good because it knows we can aspire to high level in the future.”
Sampaoli replaced fellow Argentinian Claudio Borghi in December 2012. With Universidad de Chile, he won two Torneo Apertura’s, a Torneo Clausura and the Copa Sudamericana.