Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi was satisfied with the performance of his team after a 4-1 win over Venezuela on Tuesday, but admitted that there is still a long way to go to qualify for the World Cup.
"I am very happy and satisfied with the team. I'm happy to win the way we did," said an emotional Pizzi at the press conference after the match in the Venezuelan city of Barinas (west).
'La Roja' won with goals from Mauricio Pinilla, minutes 32 and 51, and Arturo Vidal, 71 and 90+1. The 'Vinotinto' had taken the lead at 8 minutes through Romulo Otero.
The coach noted however that "much remains to be achieved" for qualification.
"My answer for the future is that we must continue working. There are still a lot of matches to be played. These are very evenly matched teams and are all tough games," he said.
After six rounds Chile is on ten points, the same amount as Colombia. The leaders are Uruguay and Ecuador with thirteen points, while Argentina has 11.
"We must be calm," said Pizzi, who noted that all his players "had a great game, with a great effort in the case of Pinilla."
"It is important that we have added the three points because it means being with the teams that are in the conversation. But these qualifiers will be very intense until the last rounds. There are still many games left," said the helmsman.
Text and photo: AFP