Chile eager to make Copa history against Peru: Vidal

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AFP) – Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said the reigning Copa America champions are focussed on making history ahead of their semi-final against Peru.

The 2015 and 2016 champions are aiming for a third continental title in a row, a feat only achieved once before by Argentina in successive years from 1945-47.

“We want to leave our legacy as triple champions, that’s our dream,” said the Barcelona midfielder, an integral part of Chile’s only two previous Copa successes.

“That’s why we want to play our best match of the Copa against Peru. It would be something historic for us to get to the final and that’s our aim.”

Chile faced Peru in the 2015 semi-finals on home soil when they won 2-1 before beating Argentina on penalties in the final for their first ever continental success.

“We need to play the perfect match, to win it with authority,” added Vidal.

“Peru have great teamwork, they play well, very similar to Colombia” who Chile beat on penalties in the quarter-final.

“That’s why it will be a very difficult match and fantastic to play in it.”

Vidal pointed to Peru captain and striker Paolo Guerrero as the biggest threat Chile will face today.

Guerrero and Chile’s Eduardo Vargas, with 12 goals each, are the top two still active scorers in Copa history.

“He’s a player who knows how to play against four defenders and it always takes a lot out of us to mark him,” said Vidal.