Bielsa wants Spain spoils

Chile coach plans to stick with attacking style against Spaniards

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Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa insists it would be a mistake for his side to play for a draw against Spain.

The South American side head into Friday's final Group H clash top of the pile and will remain there so long as they do not lose to one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Chile's success should not have come as a surprise considering they arrived in South Africa on the back of winning eight of their last 10 matches since losing to Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in September.

Bielsa's men have continued in fine fettle after recording successive 1-0 victories over Honduras and Switzerland and the coach claims a maximum points haul is the target once again in Pretoria.

He said: "I think that it's more difficult to go out looking for the draw than to try to win. For me, to try to win the game is easier than to hold onto a draw in order not to lose."


Bielsa also intends to stick with the same attacking style of play that has reaped such bountiful dividends in recent times, despite the threat Spain possess up front.

"We've been playing the same way for a long time, our intention is to overcome our opponents by being the protagonists and this is what we are going to do, to try and overcome Spain by the usual avenues; having possession of the ball and attacking," added the former Argentina coach.

"I also hope we have to defend as little as possible, although it may be that we will have to defend a lot.

"We all prefer matches with goals rather than ones without, an open match rather than a closed one."