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Hot Chile will not switch from attack mode

Chile's all-out attacking style may look rash to outsiders, but the team have serious ambitions after a flying start to the World Cup.

Said midfielder Arturo Vidal (above): "A lot of people say our offensive form of play makes us a somewhat suicidal team, and yes it's true, but we also play with the aim of trying to be world champions," Vidal, known as "El Rey Arturo" (King Arthur) to Chile fans, told reporters.

Chile beat Australia 3-1 in their opening Group B game, but face a more formidable rival in Spain tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

The reigning champions will be looking to put their horror start against Holland behind them with a good showing against Chile.

"It's a very difficult match against, for me, the best team in the world. We know each other well," added Vidal.

"No-one expected Holland to beat Spain 5-1. Spain still have what it takes to be world champions again, and against us they are going to come out with a lot of impetus."

Despite cartilage surgery last month, Vidal played 60 minutes against Australia and hopes to be in the line-up against Spain.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has revealed that his players have come to terms with their humiliating defeat to Holland.

"Everyone feels that we are capable of turning things around," the coach told Spanish television channel Cuatro.

"Many hours have passed and our spirits are higher. We now have to win our next two games, which won't be easy, but is within the realms of possibility.

"We are searching for the best possible preparation and we are trying to make sure the players are not sad, we have to enjoy ourselves."

Midfielder Juan Mata insists Spain should not alter their usual style of play, despite the big loss to the Dutch.

"We have to keep trusting in this style of play, it has led us to many triumphs and it allows us to control games, so I don't see a reason why we should play another way." - Wire Services.

  • QUICK FACT:

Chile have drawn two and lost eight in their last 10 games against Spain.

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