Chile’s innovative 3-4-3 formation to secure a 2-2 draw against world champions Spain

One of the most intriguing results in international football on Tuesday evening was Chile’s 2-2 friendly draw with world champions Spain.

By all accounts, Spain were fortunate to bag a draw which many put down to the raft of second strong players being involved for La Furia Roja but that does not take into account how well Chile played.

A 92nd minute Jesus Navas goal evened things up but Chile pressed exceptionally well and utilised fluid tactics.

For many Jorge Sampaoli utilised a 3-4-3 formation, which saw Chile apply plenty of pressure ion midfield, challenge aggressively and then surge forward – often outnumbering Spain on the break.

With many top international club sides preferring 4-2-3-1 or a hybrid of 4-3-3 – tactical innovation should be encouraged and these specific tactics may well be the way to stop Spain’s domination of the middle of the park.

Intriguingly, for a side that could well be a dark horse at next summer’s World Cup, Chile’s arrival in Brazil depends on two upcoming key matches against Colombia and Ecuador, who are above and below them respectively in South America qualification.

We are indebted to @allas4 for the excellent video below showcasing Chile’s 3-4-3 and have also included a couple of relevant Tweets.