A Chilean newspaper has published an old, off-the-record conversation with the country’s former manager, Jorge Sampaoli, in which he anticipated the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

The now Argentina coach spoke to a group of journalists after Chile’s Copa America triumph in 2015, though national newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias have only published the comments now.

As the inquest into Chile’s bungled campaign goes on, the newly released transcript reveals that Sampaoli had fears about Chile’s squad, and their discipline, for several years, while he also made an unexpected revelation about how Alexis Sanchez interacted with the rest of the squad.

‘None of [a particular group] were at the right level to face the qualifying campaign we had in front of us,’ he is quoted, predicting Chile’s decline. ‘Every time I saw Edu [Eduardo Vargas] he was worse than before. Mati [Matias Fernandez] no longer played at the level I wanted for the national team.