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Chile can prove they’re best in the world – Vidal

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first_imgAlexis Sanchez’s early strike for Chile was cancelled out by Lars Stindl when the teams met in Kazan ten days ago.Chile are looking for their third international trophy in three years after winning both the 2015 and 2016 Copa America titles — beating Argentina in the final on penalties on both occasions.Having knocked Euro 2016 winners Portugal out of the Confed Cup in Wednesday’s semi-final, Vidal says beating Germany’s young guns will prove Chile are the best.“We have proven our value, we have beaten Argentina and Portugal, the European champions,” said Vidal.“If we win tomorrow, we will prove we are the best team in the world.“We have reached this final with our spirit and attitude — this is a waiting room for the World Cup — and if we win tomorrow, that will show where we are.“We still have to qualify for the World Cup, but we have a lot of energy and want to prove ourselves.”Chile showed their penalty shoot-out pedigree again in the Kazan semi, as goalkeeper Claudio Bravo saved all three Portugal spot-kicks after it finished goalless after extra-time.Despite Bravo’s heroics, Germany head coach Joachim Loew says he has no fear of a shoot-out — understandable given Germany’s record of having not lost on spot-kicks at a major tournament since 1976.While Chile played 120 minutes in their semi-final, Germany will be slightly fresher having beaten Mexico 4-1 in normal time on Thursday.Sanchez scored after just six minutes in the group-stage clash and Germany captain Julian Draxler says his team need to be more focused.“We need to be 100 percent for the full 90 minutes,” said Draxler.“We have grown over the tournament and need to really go into the one-on-ones, one of Chile’s strengths, but getting the trophy would be the best reward.”Germany were 2-0 up after just eight minutes of their semi-final against Mexico and Loew wants another bright start.“It will be very important to control the match early on,” said Loew.“Chile will try to build up as much pressure as possible, as they have done so far, so we need to see that we are able to liberate ourselves and create space.“They are very good at moving the ball fast, so I hope we have the agility and speed we showed against Mexico.”A German is set to finish as the tournament’s top scorer with Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner both on three goals, while Stindl has netted twice.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi says Loew’s side – the youngest Confed Cup squad with an average age of just over 24 – have proven youth is no obstacle to success.“They have a set of players with a lot of experience, despite being very young,” said Pizzi, using Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich, 22, and 25-year-old Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi as examples.“(Joshua) Kimmich is a central pillar at one of the best teams in the world.“Mustafi was part of the 2014 World Cup winning team and plays in the Premier League, it makes them a formidable opponent.“We are ready to face them on that level and will try to make sure our work-rate is higher than theirs.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chile’s Arturo Vidal delivers a press conference at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg, on July 1, 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – Midfielder Arturo Vidal says Chile can prove they are the world’s best team, and throw down a marker for next year’s World Cup, by beating Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.Copa America champions Chile take on World Cup holders Germany in St Petersburg with the teams having already drawn 1-1 in the group stages.last_img read more

FROM CABIN FEVER TO SHOPPING FEVER – PEOPLE BRAVE ELEMENTS TO BAG A BARGAIN

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first_imgTHERE WERE MAJOR traffic tailbacks in many towns this evening as some semblance of Christmas finally arrived in shops and businesses across the county.Last weekend was a whitewash with many shops, hotels and restaurants reporting a 50% downturn in business compared to this time last year.But shoppers were out in force today with Letterkenny, Buncrana, Donegal Town, Dungloe,Ballyshannon and Ardara all reporting a steady flow of of business. This evening the retail park and main street in Letterkenny was packed with shoppers – though no-one was complaining about the traffic, many people are just glad to be out.The army was deployed to a number of towns including Ballyshannon, Letterkenny and Buncrana and have been clearing footpaths along with business owners.Toni Forrestor of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce said there are signs that people are beginning to brave the elements.“In fairness I think a lot of traders, not just in Letterkenny but in towns across Donegal, have taken matters into their own hands. “The footpaths are clear in most towns now and the council is gradually getting a handle on the roads.“We still have a long wayt o go but we’re hoping for a solid few days right up until Christmas Eve,” she said.EndsFROM CABIN FEVER TO SHOPPING FEVER – PEOPLE BRAVE ELEMENTS TO BAG A BARGAIN was last modified: December 21st, 2010 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more