Chile will emerge as the dark horse of this tournament, feels Baichung

Aditi Tyagi

The ardent cricket fans were left stunned, as Chile knocked out defending champions Spain from FIFA World Cup 2014. In an exclusive chat with Aditi Tyagi of Zee Media, former Indian skipper Baichung Bhutia said that after their brave show, Chile will emerge as the dark horse in the tournament.

Excerpts from the conversation:

It seems as if the moment Spain`s king decided to step down, even the Spanish football team decided to end their reign as world champions?
I think even they have given up their title. It is difficult to digest for all the football experts as to how quickly have they been knocked out of this World Cup.

Juan Carlos would be happy that atleast under his rule, Spain were the world champions?
It is a conincidence that on one side the king let his kingship go and on the other hand, Spain gave away their title so easily. They conceded seven goals and scored just one. Spain`s performance against Chile was very upsetting. Everybody was expecting them to bounce back after they were humiliated 5-1 in the first match by Netherlands. Chile didn`t have the reputation of being a big team, but the way they performed yesterday, I am sure the entire world will notice them now. Chile I believe will emerge as a dark horse in this tournament.

What went wrong with Spain?

On the whole, I believe when the team loses, everybody has got to be blamed. Chances were created but they were not converted into goals. I think the coach has to be held responsible as well.

You had rated Diego Costa so highly?

Diego Costa is rated as one of the best strikers in the world. He couldn`t prepare much for the World Cup because of the injury. I was shocked to see that the team management persisted with him even after he failed to deliver in the first match against Netherlands. To start with him even in the second match was the coach`s fault.

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