Friday, February 3, 2023

Uruguay close to rank ahead of crucial game against Ghana

DOHA ( Associated Press) — Luis Suarez agreed with the unusual criticism of his Uruguayan teammate Jose Maria Jimenez, who maintained “we didn’t go out to win” in their World Cup second game loss against Portugal.

In fact, Suárez was also quite self-critical after the 2-0 shock, warning that it was time to stop speculating and put time into matches.

Giménez’s statements were “very clear,” Suarez said ahead of Thursday’s clash against Ghana, in which the Celeste continue their World Cup Group H run. Portugal, with six points, has already qualified, while Ghana, with three points, South Korea and Uruguay, both with a unit, will arrive with possibilities. The Portuguese and the South Korean were measured in the second game.

With a view to a decisive clash against the Africans, the Uruguayans closed ranks due to the perception that they were a team in crisis.

Coach Diego Alonso, beset by an atmosphere of unease and many questions, said on Thursday he “understood” the criticism and that everything was cleared up in a talk by the whole group after the defeat.

Alonso said, “About the group, we feel good not only individually but also collectively, the group is strong, it’s okay, we are identified with our purpose, co-exist, each other.” In our honor for.”

Suárez assured that the criticism, which was not common in the 12-year cycle under previous coach Óscar Washington Tábarez, was not directed at any particular player or coach.

“It is not a message for the coach, we are the players who interpret what is happening in the game,” said the 35-year-old striker.

Uruguay failed to progress beyond a goalless draw in their first match against South Korea and then lost 2–0 against Portugal. In both matches, La Celeste came out with a shorter approach and it wasn’t until the last half-hour that with the changes they threw themselves more into attack.

Although he acknowledges that his team needs to improve on the way the game is built, Alonso concedes that more than performance, the team’s position comes down to a matter of trust, “letting go more.”

And Suárez, on the other hand, was also self-critical for showing little or nothing so far in the World Cup, in which he started as a starter against the Koreans and on the bench against the Lusitanos.

“Obviously, as time goes on, you get older and physically I am not the same,” said the former Barcelona, ​​Liverpool and Atlético de Madrid player.

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