Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli insisted that the idea of winning the World Cup has not even entered his head despite witnessing his team knock out the holders Spain, with his pre-game plan being executed perfectly.

“We’re very proud of the way that we beat the world champion,” he said. “We won against a great opponent and the fact that we have qualified with a game still to go is something to be very happy about.

“We beat them deservedly with authority, intensity, bravery and always on the attack. That was the way we want to play and I am happy about the way we did it as well as the fact that we did.”

He explained: “We wanted to pressure them as much as we could. They are a team that likes to have the ball and we pressured them one-on-one all over the pitch. Alexis [Sánchez] started the pressure on their centre-backs. We did not want them to come out into the midfield with the ball so we pressured them [high].

“We knew that was a risk because while Alexis pressured them mano a mano, that meant that we left [Gary] Medel mano a man with Diego Costa. We took that risk because it was a priority for us not to let their centre-backs out.”

One man who was impressed was the Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque. He had talked about Chile’s talent and their threat before the game. After it, he noted: “They played as we expected them to play. They were tremendous physically and very bold in their approach. They are a brave team. I didn’t say nice things about Chile out of kindness, I said them because they are true. They will be a difficult opponent for everyone.”

But, asked if his side could now be considered candidates for the title, Sampaoli replied: “The idea that Chile can be world champions doesn’t even go through my mind. We know there are lots of very good teams and we are not thinking about that at all. I just hope we can keep playing with the humility and sacrifice we showed to do and keep on competing.”