Isla backs boss Bielsa

  • Last Updated: June 13 2010, 17:34 BST

Chile defender Mauricio Isla hopes national team coach Marcelo Bielsa stays on beyond the World Cup, whatever the outcome for the team at the finals.

The Argentinian led La Roja to qualification and Udinese man Isla hopes the group can be kept together after the World Cup,

Isla told cooperativa.cl: "If Bielsa continued it would be perfect for what he has shown in these three years. He has taken us forward and brought in players who were not in contention. Everything he has done has been absolutely positive.

"We hope he will continue to work with us, Bielsa has been very important in our careers."

Chile begin their World Cup Group H campaign against Honduras in Nelspruit on Wednesday.