Chile no golden generation despite success, says Jara

Chile may be more successful than ever, but don’t call the team a golden generation, says Fredericksburg.com.

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, according to Associated Pres.

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”.

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