Wednesday June 18 2014
Vidal: Tonight like CL

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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