Arturo Vidal has compared Chile’s crucial World Cup match against Spain to playing in a high-pressure Champions League game with Juventus.
Vidal’s Chile were 3-1 victors over Australia in their opening Group B clash, while La Roja are on the verge of shock elimination after being crushed 5-1 by Holland.
Speaking to FIFA’s official website, the 27-year-old admitted the stakes in this evening’s encounter with the world champions are huge but said these are the sorts of occasions players live for.
“It will be a high level match, a bit like the Juve-Bayern match I played in the Champions League,” Vidal said. “Or maybe like a match against Real Madrid.
“They are similar situations and the pressure is practically the same. But these are the great fixtures in the career of a player.”
Vidal then confirmed that his troublesome knee will be fine come kick-off at the Maracana.
“My knee is fine, I am happy because the recovery has been fast. I hope to help my teammates in the coming matches.”
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