Why Tottenham fans should be excited by Chile's World Cup display

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Chile knocked Spain out of the World Cup with a 2-0 win on Wednesday night and Spurs fans should have been excited by the way in which they did so.

New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is one of many successful disciples of the Argentinian manager Marcelo Bielsa and the man who led Chile to a comfortable victory against the World and European champions this week is another.

Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli is a self-confessed Bielsa disciple and has got Chile playing the same style of football that they did so successfully under the former coach.

The high pressing free-flowing style that the Chilean's displayed against Spain is what Tottenham fans should be looking forward to seeing next season under their new manager.

Pochettino is joined by some of the game's best managers as disciples of "El Loco" and Pep Guardiola, Gerardo Martino and Diego Simeone are all followers of the great Argentine's tactics.

The style of play adopted is a relatively simple system that requires players to press opponents high up the pitch and then break quickly when possession is won.

Pochettino has already proved that it can work in the Premier League as his Southampton team were excellent to watch last season.

The Saints enjoyed an average of 58.7% possession last season - the most in the Premier League, and Spurs will be an impressive side under their new man next season playing "the Spurs way".

Pochettino will hope to get Spurs' exciting crop of talent to perform better than they did under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood last season and his tactics will get the Spurs faithful on their feet once again.

Bielsa has inspired some of the greatest managers in the modern game, and the likes of Sampaoli and Pochettino are ready to build their own legacies as Guardiola and Simeone have already done.

Guardiola labelled Biela as "the greatest manager in the world" in 2012 and "El Loco" will be in charge of Marseille in France next season, as it will be intriguing to see how they perform against big-spending Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.

Chile never really looked under pressure in their win and their opening goal typified their setup.

After containing Spain when not in possession, Chile won the ball before breaking quickly down the right-hand side and eventually saw Eduardo Vargas slide the ball into the net.

La Roja came into the World Cup as dark horses but after winning their opening two games they are amongst the favourites to lift the trophy this summer.

They have been arguably the best South American side at the tournament so far and Tottenham fans should be excited by watching Chile play, as the Lilywhites will be playing a similar style next season.

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