The Chilean team closed its participation in the Copa América in Brazil 2020 with Ben Brereton Díaz as the great sensation. The Blackburn Rovers striker was the surprise of Martín Lasarte’s payroll and responded with everything, scoring one goal and assisting in another.
The performance of the Chilean-English gunner left the fans delighted, who transformed him into the revelation within the squad. On his return to England, the national figure took the time to chat with your club and analyze what was his time in our country.
“It was a whirlwind to have gone to Chile without knowing much about the country or the language and knowing all the boys. I finally had my chance and it was a brilliant moment for me“, the forward launched.
Brereton Díaz gave details of how his arrival at La Roja was conceived, something that he had been thinking about for a few months. “I had a good run of matches last season and I saw the rumors appear here and there. I knew the America’s Cup was just around the corner, the interest was there and, after talking about it with my family and friends, we all thought it was a great opportunity. It was a great decision and I am very glad I did.“.
As if that weren’t enough, he revealed the moment he found out about his nomination. “I was with my mom and dad at the time, they had come to Blackburn to see me. We were all very excited about the news and my mother was very happy. She was trying to teach me Spanish in one day … But I was never going to learn the language so fast! My mother is very proud and was crying when I told her (…) Most of my family lives in Chile, in Santiago, and I saw some of them the first day I landed“.
The affection of the fans, the language and the level of South America
On the other hand, Ben Brereton highlighted the reception he had from the fans of the Red, who from the first minute gave him support. “I remember getting there and I think some people would have been saying things about not knowing who I am, that I can’t speak the language and things like that. However, they were brilliant and gave me a confidence boost throughout my time there.“.
The forward’s adventure was brewing with a particularity ahead, since he does not speak Spanish. However, there were cracks from the squad that were key to helping him with this. “It wasn’t a big deal on the field, but it was difficult to have a conversation off of it. However, a couple of players spoke English, such as Claudio Bravo and Alexis Sánchez had previously played in England.“.
Of course, he pointed out that with Martín Lasarte there was understanding. “I learned a few words from the coach that were needed on the field. English speakers welcomed me and it was normal to spend time with them during the couple of months I was there“.
Finally he valued having faced players of the category of Lionel Messi and Neymar. “They are legends of the game and to be honest you don’t think about it as the game progresses. Once the game is over, you sit there and think and reflect on the whole experience. I don’t care about the questions about playing against these types of players. Messi and Neymar play football as if it were so easy. I loved the whole experience and it has allowed me to see a different side of football and it has given me even more hunger and motivation. I want more“, he sentenced.