With the footballing giants of Brazil and Argentina on their doorstep, Chile often get overlooked when it comes to the beautiful game. However, Chile have had recent success, winning the Copa America (South America’s confederation tournament) in both 2015 and 2016.
There are some quality players in this squad, and as they’ve shown, on their day, they can beat anybody. Reinaldo Rueda remains in control of the national side and will be looking to find out which players he’ll be selecting for the upcoming 2020 Copa America.
Although Rueda sometimes prefers to go with three at the back, he more often than not sends El Eqipo de Todos out with a 4-3-3 formation, so we’ll be using that for this squad.
Claudio Bravo (OVR 79 – 77)
Club: Manchester City
Despite playing sparingly for Manchester City, Claudio Bravo is still the number 1 choice for the Chilean national team. With over 100 caps for La Roja, Bravo is more experienced at international football than all but one of Reinaldo Rueda’s selection pool.
Bravo is 36 now, and was down to a 78 overall by the end of FIFA 19, so he’ll be downgraded further for FIFA 20, down to at least 77.
Mauricio Isla (OVR 75 – 77)
Position: RB, CM
The latest squad selection for Chile is much younger than what was chosen for the recent Copa America tournament, but we believe that Mauricio Isla still has a role to play in the national team.
Isla played in seven more league games and assisted three more times (six total) last season than the previous campaign, so the 31-year-old full-back is due an upgrade for FIFA 20. We think he’ll get a boost to both his passing and dribbling and 2 overall points up to 77.
Gary Medel (OVR 81 – 79)
Position: CDM, CB
Gary Medel is another player that was left out of the recent friendlies, but the national team captain will have a part to play in the competitive games. Medel recently moved from Beşiktaş to Bologna and has began life in Italy playing as a CDM, despite usually featuring for Chile as a centre-back.
Medel will likely begin FIFA 20 with the rating he had at the end of FIFA 19, a 79 overall, despite not being in the worst of form in Turkey last campaign.
Guillermo Maripán (OVR 73 – 79)
Guillermo Maripan was a rock at the back for Alaves and received a big upgrade by the end of FIFA 19, up to 77 by the end of the game.
After his move to Monaco this summer, he’s bound to get a further boost to his stats, after scoring and assisting twice from centre-back in 2018-19.
Sebastian Vegas (OVR 69 – 73)
After Jean Beausejour’s international retirement, the search is on to find Chile’s new first-choice left-back and we believe it’ll be Sebastian Vegas.
Vegas only has five caps to his name, but that tally will rise, as will his overall rating for FIFA 20. He was up to 70 by the end of FIFA 19, and we believe he’ll begin this year’s game with a 73 overall, thanks to 4 goals last term for Morelia in Liga MX.
Charles Aranguiz (OVR 81 – 83)
Position: CM, CDM
Club: Bayer Leverkusen
Charles Aranguiz is one of the few players who played in the 2019 Copa America that remains in the current selection for the friendlies.
The central midfielder was up to 82 by the end of FIFA 19 and we think he’ll be beginning this year’s game with at least an 83 overall, thanks to 2 goals and 7 assists last term.
Arturo Vidal (OVR 85 – 87)
Position: CDM, CM
The man at the heart of Chile’s midfield for the foreseeable future is Arturo Vidal.
Many scoffed when he signed for Barcelona ahead of last season, but the Chilean has done a fine job in Catalonia. three goals and seven assists in La Liga last season will do him no harm, and he’ll probably start FIFA 20 with at least an 87 overall.
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Felipe Gutiérrez (OVR 75 – 77)
Club: Sporting Kansas City
Felipe Gutierrez got the nod ahead of Erick Pulgar in the recent selection, so we’re giving the Kansas central midfielder a start in our line-up too.
Gutierrez’s scoring record is Lampard-esque, with 15 goals in the last two seasons in the MLS. While his assists total has dropped, he’s due an upgrade and will likely start FIFA 20 with a 77 overall rating.
Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (OVR 74 – 76)
Position: RW, RM, RB
Club: Universidad Catolica
Despite the inclusion of Christian Bravo in the latest selection, we believe that Jose Pedro Fuenzalida still has a part to play in this side.
Fuenzalida is on fire for Universidad Catolica in Chile this season, scoring seven and assisting on 5 occasions, his best return since re-signing for his boyhood club. Despite being 34-years-old now, he merits an upgrade up to gold status and a 76 overall.
Eduardo Vargas (OVR 76 – 76)
Position: CAM, ST
Club: UANL Tigres
Eduardo Vargas will remain Chile’s top striker, and the forward will also remain a 76 overall for FIFA 20. Similar returns in 2018-19 to 2017-18, plus a slow start to the season in Mexico will put pay to any chance of him going up an overall point.
That being said, his scoring record for his national side is extremely impressive, 38 goals in 85 caps.
Alexis Sanchez (OVR 87 – 82)
Position: LW, LM
Club: Inter Milan
Let’s be honest, this was the one you were all waiting for, what we think Alexis Sanchez’s FIFA 20 rating will be. After stealing a wage at Manchester United for the past two seasons, he’s due a big downgrade for his start to life in Italy.
With 130 caps to his name, he’s the most experienced man in this squad, but will start this year’s game with at best an 82 overall. Honestly, given he’s scored three goals and made six assists in the last two seasons, that’s extremely generous.
On the bench
Gabriel Arias (OVR 71 – 79) was an excellent stand-in for Bravo in the recent Copa America, and got a big upgrade by the end of FIFA 19. We believe he’ll start this year’s game with a 79 rating, up 8 points from the start of last year’s FIFA.
Paulo Diaz (OVR 72 – 72) is the most experienced defender in the recent selection with 20 caps. After his recent move to River Plate, we believe he’ll maintain his 72 overall from the start of FIFA 19.
Igor Lichnovsky (OVR 69 – 74) was selected for the upcoming friendlies and is due for a big upgrade from FIFA 19, thanks to his greater presence on the international stage.
Diego Valdes (OVR 74 – 75) got a slight upgrade after moving to Santos Laguna and we believe that the CAM will stay a gold rating for the start of FIFA 20. Erick Pulgar (OVR 77 -78) has had a very good start to life at Fiorentina and the midfielder should start the new game with at least a 78 overall.
Nicolas Castillo has hardly played in the last season, so we believe that Angelo Sagal (OVR 71 – 71) will be Chile’s second choice striker, despite the Juarez striker’s less than impressive goals to games ratio. Junior Fernandes (OVR 75 – 75) is the next best winger available to Rueda and with Alexis’ poor form, he could find himself starting more matches in the near future.
Chile predicted Line-up
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