The Chilean team was confident of victory on Saturday ahead of their Confederations Cup final against Germany in Russia on Sunday, with the country seeking to claim its third international title in two years.
“We will go together to conquer a new cup for our country, there is no doubt we will give 10,000 percent and more,” said Marcelo Diaz, a Chilean midfielder on Twitter. “Tomorrow is the day, boys, let’s give it our all.”
If Chile can overcome Germany, four-time World Cup champions, it will win its third title in two years, after the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.
“We have beaten Argentina two years running, Portugal, and tomorrow we will be the best team in the world,” said Arturo Vidal to the press.
For the Bayern Munich midfielder, “If we win tomorrow, it will send a strong message to the other teams. We will not just go to visit the World Cup, we will go to win, if we qualify.”
Chile reached the final after defeating Cameroon and drawing against Germany and Australia in the first round and defeating Portugal on penalties in the semifinals.
Germany, which has come to this tournament with an experimental squad, beat Cameroon and Australia, drew against Chile, and crushed Mexico in the semifinals.