Updated: Monday, 23 June 2014 03:31 | By Agence France-Presse

Chile ready to gamble on Vidal against Dutch

Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli Sunday said he's ready to risk suspension for star midfielder Arturo Vidal as the South Americans go all out to beat the Netherlands and avoid a likely knock-out clash with Brazil.


Chile ready to gamble on Vidal against Dutch

Chile's midfielder Arturo Vidal gives a conference press at Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on June 22, 2014 on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B football match between Netherlands and Chile - by Martin Bernetti

The manager said it was vital for already qualified Chile to top their pool and stay away from Brazil, who are favourites to win Group A and play the second-placed team in Group B.

Juventus's Vidal has ran injury picked up during the win over Spain but he is carrying a yellow card, meaning another caution on Monday would rule him out for the round of 16.

But Sampaoli indicated Chile would throw caution to the wind as they face the free-scoring Dutch, who hammered 2010 champions Spain 5-1 and overcame Australia 3-2.

"There is a context which is real, which is protecting a player and that's respectable," Sampaoli said.

"But we need to win the group because that will give us a way of looking to the future in a different manner."

Internacional midfielder Charles Aranguiz has also recovered from injury, giving Sampaoli a full squad to choose from for Monday's Group B decider in Sao Paulo.

"For us the priority is to win the group. Tomorrow's match will be like a final," said Sampaoli. "I think we have the power to overcome certain deficiencies of Holland," he added.

Vidal indicated confidence was sky-high in the camp after their 3-1 win over Australia followed by the shock 2-0 victory over Spain.

"If we play the same as we played against Spain we can make it all the way to the final. But of course we have to prove it and we have to live up to our own expectations," he said.

"This is the best generation of Chilean football in our history," added Vidal. 

"We have a lot of players who are playing outside Chile and when we come together we are playing stronger than anything we have seen before in Chile."

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