SAN JUAN, July 18, 2011 (AFP) - The Chilean national team’s coach, Claudio Borghi, said he will leave Copa America "conformed" with the task of his players, despite the painful elimination on Sunday night to Venezuela 2-1 in the last match of the quarterfinals in San Juan.
"I’m leaving resigned with what we achieved, despite the defeat. I may be sad because we lost, but I will not go home feeling bad because the team always attacked, sought to play at all times and never retreated. I'm leaving tranquil" Borghi said, at a press conference after the match.
"Of the matches we played, we only played 45 bad minutes, which occurred in the first half of today’s match. The rest were very positive moves. We believe that many secondary objectives were met," stated the coach.
"Unfortunately we could not meet people's expectations. When the ball does not want to go into the net, there is nothing we can do. That's what happened. I'm tranquil, “said the coach of the Chilean team.
Borghi ruled out having underrated the rival and reaffirmed that they never underestimated Venezuela He added that he does not believe in luck, but in what may or may not make things. "The team was always opened to the game, and always believed they could win."
There are problems with dead-ball situations, as the Venezuelans goals happened, the "Bichi" Borghi remarked that "the dead-ball is still in the rules. The average height of Chileans is smaller and is something that has cost us and the other team made good use of it. “
Borghi also spoke about the World Cup Qualifiers and observed that "we believe it will be difficult, because there are teams that have improved. This cup is a good measure to see who we will play against, but today I'm calm because I believe that Chile played good football. "