VIDEO: Cardiff City defender Medel tips Chile for World Cup glory

Gary Medel Chile

Chile defender Gary Medel talks about his ambition ahead of their opening World Cup Group B match against Australia.

Gary Medel believes Chile can go all the way in the 2014 World Cup, backing the national side to defy all expectations and leave Brazil as world champions.

"We don't have conformity in our team," the Cardiff City man said. "We want to go as far as possible, make history with our team."

He added: "I think this is a very good generation that we have. We hope to reach the semi-finals, the finals, to be crowned champions."

Chile are not among the favourites to lift the trophy in Brazil, and they will face a tough road to the knockout stages.

Drawn alongside reigning world champions Spain, Louis van Gaal's Netherlands and the Socceroos of Australia, it would be an accomplishment in itself if La Roja are able to escape Group B.

Chile advanced to the later rounds at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after finishing second in Group H behind Spain. They were easily beaten in the round of 16 by Brazil, but this time around the side is looking stronger.

Jorge Sampaoli's side are coming off a highly impressive qualifying campaign in which they beat fellow World Cup sides Uruguay and Ecuador, and drew 3-3 with Colombia.

Arturo Vidal has developed into one of the best midfielders in world football, and the side received a big boost when their star man trained on Wednesday for the first time in a week.

Chile will certainly find it tough to qualify from Group B, but the Brazilian heat will suit their South American style of play and if they make it to the later stages anything can happen.

They kick off their campaign against Australia on Friday.

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