Chile coach Eduardo Berizzo has revealed the list of foreign players called up for the friendly matches against Morocco and Qatar, which are preparing for the World Cup next November.
The list, which has had several surprises, is marked in particular by the dismissal of Claudio Bravo and the summoning of star Alexis Sanchez, as well as Ángelo Henríquez, Felipe Méndez and Juan Delgado. The Moroccan-Chilean, Nayel Mehssatou is also present in the group
In anticipation of these two matches, scheduled for the end of the current month, the Argentine coach has announced the first list of players since his appointment 11 months ago, pending a more limited list of players playing in the local league.
According to the Redgol news site, “El Toto”, who had taken charge of La Roja with the urgent mission of renewing the workforce, seems to be “using the last cartridges of the golden generation before making way for the youngest , who will have to fight for the future of our country in the next qualifiers” for the World Cup.
Previously, there were doubts whether Eduardo Berizzo would summon key players from the past decade to the Chilean squad. In the end, he left references such as Claudio Bravo and Eduardo Vargas aside, contenting himself with calling Gary Medel, Charles Aránguiz, Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sánchez the only ones from the golden generation to play the next friendlies.
At the end of September, La Roja will play two friendly matches with globalist teams: the first will take place on the 23rd against Morocco (world group F) in Spain and the second on the 27th of the same month against Qatar (group A) in Austria.
Eduardo Berizzo thus preferred to maintain the pillars of the team, if only in the short term.
In defence, Eduardo Berizzo opted for a mix of experience and youth, but where the less experienced are the big protagonists. In this area of the pitch, there are notably Gary Medel, Paulo Díaz, Valber Huerta, Guillermo Maripán, Gary Medel and Francisco Sierralta.
The midfield was the sector with the most surprises. To the usual Arturo Vidal and Charles Aránguiz, the coach preferred in particular Víctor Felipe Méndez, Marcelino Núñez and Diego Valdés.
List of players:
Goalkeepers: Gabriel Arias.
Defenders: Paulo Diaz, Valber Huerta, Guillermo Maripán, Gary Medel, Nayel Mehssatou, Eugenio Mena, Francisco Sierralta.
Midfielders: Charles Aránguiz, Felipe Méndez, Marcelino Núñez, Erick Pulgar, Diego Valdés, Arturo Vidal.
Attackers: Alexis Sánchez, Ben Brereton Díaz, Ángelo Henríquez, Juan Delgado, Jean Meneses, Diego Valencia.