South American Futbol - Libertadores, Sudamericana, World Cup 2010

World Cup: Tabarez predicts that Uruguay will be the surprise team

The Uruguayan national team’s coach, Oscar Washington Tabarez, told the media that his squad may come as a surprise at the World Cup, despite the fact that they are in a challenging group with the hosts South Africa, France, and Mexico. The fact that Uruguay has a strong team contributes significantly to Tabarez’s positive opinion of his side’s chances.

In every World Cup, there are surprises to be found. I think we can be that unexpected squad. We should talk to those victors [about their experiences] if we succeed because, if we do, we will have something that other unexpected teams lacked: history that Uruguayans produced,” stated Tabarez.

The coach said that Uruguay, with players of the quality of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez, and Diego Godin, had the required firepower to be the tournament’s surprise side.

“We have athletes competing in prestigious leagues playing with athletes from top national teams.

We have faith in our ability to do so, but we must best prepare ourselves to match the caliber of those teams.

The four clubs in Uruguay’s group, according to Tabarez, will all have equal chances of moving on to the round of 16, making it highly competitive.

“This group exhibits a quality that cannot be claimed of the other groups—all of the teams have the ability to advance but also to be eliminated.”

In the group stage of the 2002 World Cup, which was held in Japan and South Korea, Uruguay was eliminated after losing to Denmark and drawing with France and Senegal.



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