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Mauricio Isla was handed a start against Nordsjaelland, continuing his successful rehabilitation from a serious injury suffered with Udinese last season.
The Chilean tended to operate in a central role for the Zebrette towards the end of his stay with the Friuli club—much like his teammate, Kwadwo Asamoah—but his immediate future will be in a wide berth—again, like Asamoah.
Despite being in direct competition with the current first choice for the right-midfield role Stephan Lichtsteiner, Isla is certainly capable of winning a start on a regular basis.
The Universidad Catolica youth product delivered a fine performance against the Danish champions on Wednesday, showing tremendous industry and work rate.
The international, with La Roja, can provide greater power and drive than his Swiss team mate, with more penetration in the final third, even if both players fail to score a significant amount of goals.