Chilean soccer fans need to be patient as team makes adjustments, Rueda says

Queretaro, Mexico, Oct 16 (EFE).- Coach Reinaldo Rueda, who has compiled a record of 2-2-3 at the helm of the Chilean national soccer team, called on fans to be patient as the squad makes the transition to a new strategy on the field.

"Math is one thing and what we create another. We have to look at a mix of important factors, like performance and which young men we can count on for the Copa America and (World Cup) qualifying. On the other hand, there's a list of important men that have recently reduced their playing time with clubs, and we don't know if they're going to stay on," Rueda said during a press conference on Monday.

The Colombian coach spoke ahead of the friendly against Mexico, discussing the Chilean national team's situation and commenting on different players.

Rueda said Nicolas Castillo "is going through a transition like most do when they go to Europe," and Gary Medel could be a middle defender again because "he's good at reading matches, he played defense in many tournaments, and is a good asset."

The Chilean team is concerned about its problems scoring goals, a situation that has put pressure on the coaching staff and irked fans.

Fans hope Alexis Sanchez is the answer and Rueda said he agreed.

"Alexis is an exemplary player, elite, who enjoys being on the team and getting to know the younger players. Yesterday, he did a good job. I hope he'll perform well since he had some difficulties and lacked consistency with his last club, but he has a lot to offer the team," Rueda said.

Last week, Chile was handed a 3-0 loss by Peru and the team hopes to play better against Mexico and regain its confidence before the 2019 Copa America tournament in Brazil.

Chile and Mexico will play at Corregidora Stadium in Queretaro on Tuesday.