Chile no golden generation despite success, says Jara
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 17, 2017 10:13 AM
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 13, 2017 file photo, Chile's Eduardo Vargas, right, celebrates after scoring during the international friendly soccer match between Romania and Chile at the Cluj Arena stadium in Cluj, Romania. Chile may be more successful than ever, but don’t call it a golden generation. A Chilean team boasting Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal won the country’s first major trophy with victory in the Copa America in 2015, followed swiftly by another win in last year’s centenary competition. (AP Photo/Mihaela Bobar, File)
MOSCOW (AP) — Chile may be more successful than ever, but don't call the team a golden generation.
A Chilean team boasting Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal won the country's first major trophy with victory in the Copa America in 2015. That was followed swiftly by another win in last year's centenary competition, and Chile beat Lionel Messi's Argentina in both finals.
But despite the star names, defender Gonzalo Jara says coaches deserve the real credit.
"I don't like the term 'golden generation', I think it's excessive," he said, pointing out that Chile has had stars before — like Ivan Zamorano and Marcelo Salas at the 1998 World Cup — but never with the same success.
"We've also had great coaches, and I think that's been the difference. Coaches who taught us how to play, to understand soccer in a different way."
He added: "We do have two or three super players, the rest we do is collective."
Over the last 10 years, Chile has played an attacking, high-intensity style under a succession of four Argentina-born coaches, ranging from Marcelo Bielsa to current boss Juan Antonio Pizzi.
Chile plays Cameroon in Moscow on Sunday in the Confederations Cup group stage, followed by games against Germany and Australia.