David Luiz insists history counts for nothing ahead of Brazil's Round of 16 clash with Chile
David Luiz has insisted Brazil’s past success against Chile is irrelevant, ahead of their Round of 16 clash at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto on Saturday.
The two countries most recently competed in two friendlies in 2013. The first tie, for which Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari only selected domestic based players, ended in a 2-2 draw, with the Seleção winning 2-1 in a follow up match in November.
Going further back, Brazil have been victorious in all three of their matches against Chile in the FIFA World Cup knockout stage. The first of those wins came in the semi-final of the 1962 tournament. That was followed by a 4-1 mauling in the Round of 16 in 1998 and a 3-0 win at the same stage in 2010.
Despite history favouring Brazil, Luiz is taking nothing for granted and is concerned about Chile’s collective strength.
"I wanted us to get through and now I am happy,” he told FIFA.com. “Chile are a team who deserve to be there. They have a philosophy of playing good football. They have lots of pace and excellent players.
"History counts for nothing. We want to win. What is the biggest threat that they pose? The whole team.”
Chile finished second in Group B behind Netherlands. They opened the tournament with a 3-1 win against Australia, before beating Spain 2-0. Their final group match was a 2-0 defeat to the Dutch, who face Mexico in the Round of 16.