Chile international Arturo Vidal has expressed his opinion that Chile has what it takes to bring home the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will take place in Russia.
He also revealed that he has aspirations to go down as Chile’s greatest player of all time.
The current Chile’s national team is one of the countries best so far, with top stars such as Vidal, Claudio Bravo, and Alexis Sanchez. The team has claimed the Copa America crowns back-to-back, and sits fourth in South American, qualifying behind Ecuador on goal difference and above Argentina by a point, with high hopes of reaching three consecutive World Cups for the first time.
Speaking to Radio ADN, he explained that the journey to become world champions is tough, but the team is determined to achieve this goal. He said:
“First we have to qualify well, leave a good impression, and keep growing as a team. And in Russia try to become world champions. We’re very demanding with what we want. It’s very difficult to become world champions, but we can. With effort you can achieve a lot. If we unite you can expect something big.”
He has also expressed faith and confidence in the manager of the team Juan Antonio Pizzi, who had taken over from Jorge Sampaoli earlier in January, and had lead the team to a victor against Argentina in the Copa America final in June.
“The adaptation has gone really well. I’m very focused on achieving important things, and Juan arrived at a difficult time. We tried to adapt as quickly as possible.
“There was a good connection and we won a final against the team they said was the best in the world.”
He also spoke of his ambitions to become the most important Chilean footballer in history and carrying his country’s name to the world.