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|"Eduardo Vargas is an extraordinary player and deserves what he is living", declares teammate after winning the Sudamericana|
Eduardo Vargas finished the tournament as top scorer with 11 goals in the Copa Sudamericana.
“The sensation is unforgettable and in time it’s going to have an even bigger impact. To be part of history does not have a price,” Universidad coach Jorge Luis Sampaoli said.
With that being said, Vargas caps a brilliant season so far but it is not yet over for the blue-coloured side as it must move and play the semi-finals of the Chilean Clausura tournament against classic arch rivals Universidad Católica in the university derby.
For such a short statured player, Vargas epitomises the fast-attacking, high-paced, full-stretch football that Sampaoli has installed in the team.
“He’s an extraordinary player and he deserves what he is living,” Universidad’s Diego Rivarola said of Vargas. “He’s got a great future, I hope he does well. After this, he’ll surely leave.”
The Copa Sudamericana is South America’s second most important continental club competition after the Copa Libertadores, which begins in February.
Universidad de Chile is Chile’s second most successful team in terms of titles, the current league champion and a semifinalist in the present Clausura 2011 tournament, after going through the regular season unbeaten.
Liga de Quito won the Copa Sudamericana in 2009 and the Copa Libertadores in 2008.
Attacking partner, Gustavo Canales almost scored for Universidad de Chile in the 51st minute of the second leg final, but he put his shot wide from close range. He had words for the young Chilean international who also happens to be his national team companion.
“We never said it, but we knew we were playing good football, distinct from the others because we never went back on our priority of attacking, of looking for goals,” Canales admitted. “We were cautious during the whole tournament, but now we can say that we were the best and that’s why we’re lifting the cup.”