Analysis of Uruguay NT ahead of FIFA World Cup in Russia
Uruguay have made a habit of springing shockers when it comes to the World Cup as the CONMEBOL nation finished fourth in 2010 before reaching the knockout stages in 2014. Who can even forget the nation silencing the Maracana to lift the World Cup upsetting the favourites Brazil in the Final of 1950 and how they won the first ever World Cup in 1930 as host nation too.
● Squad Analysis:
○ Manager Analysis:
Óscar Washington Tabárez Silva
Nicknamed El Maestro (The Teacher), knows what it is to lead at team at top level competition. He lead Uruguay U20 to Pan American games in 1983 where Uruguay won Gold medal.
He lead Uruguay NT to a runners-up place in Copa America 1989 after eliminating Maradona’s Argentina.
Tabarez took Uruguay to Round of 16 at the 1990 World Cup.
He was reappointed as Uruguay manager in 2006 as he led Uruguay to a 4th place finish in 2007 Copa America.
Uruguay shocked the world in 2010 World Cup, when they reached their first semi final in 40 years but lost to The Dutch 2-3 and then later finished 4th after going down to Germany 2-3
He again successfully lead Uruguay to yet another Round of 16 in 2014 World cup before going down to Colombia.
○ Goalkeeping :
With 96 caps, Fernando Muslera is a veteran for Uruguay and have taken part in both 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
Martin Silva has always been a backup for Muslera, despite making his debut in 2009, has only made 9 National team appearances
Generally, Uruguay has a strong defence with the presence of Godin and Giminez who have been solid throughout the season for the club and will be supported by Caceres and Valera as fullbacks.
○ Midfield :
With a lot of options in Midfield, Tabarez will have a tough time picking out players to field in the Midfield. The presence of Vecino, Torriera, Bentancur, Rodriguez, Sanchez and Arrascaeta keeps stuff interesting on who Oscar Tabarez will pick for the World Cup
○ Forwards :
The Uruguayan strike force is extraordinary with the combination of Suarez and Cavani. Stuani and Maxi Gomez provides good backup for the strikers.
● Probable Formations(Including Probable XI )
● Team Rating:
•Goalkeeper Rating: 6.5/10
•Defence Rating: 8/10
•Midfield Rating: 7/10
•Attack Rating: 8.5/10
● Past Record in World Cup:
•1934 & 1938: Didn’t enter
•1954: 4th place
•1958: Failed to qualify
•1962: Group stage
•1966: Quarter Finals
•1970: 4th Place
•1974: Group stage
•1978&1982: Failed to qualify
•1986: Round of 16
•1990: Round of 16
•1994 & 1998: Failed to qualify
•2002: Group stage
•2006: Failed to qualify
•2010: 4th place
•2014: Round of 16
● Fixtures in World Cup 2018 in Groups:
○15/06/2018 Vs Egypt
○20/06/2018 vs Saudi Arabia
○25/06/2018 vs Russia
● Recent Form :
Uruguay qualified for the World Cup after finishing second in the qualifiers only behind Brazil. Uruguay won 9 out of 18 matches, drawing 4 and lost only 5 in the progress. They have had the second best attacking side from the South American teams scoring 31 goals in 18 games and conceding only 20. Edison Cavani topped the scorers chart in the qualifiers with 10 goals with Luis Suarez scoring 5 in the progress.
● Coach/Manager’s Quotes:
“You are here to participate in the World Cup and that means you are one of the best 32 football playing nations of the world. Only half of these 32 reaches second round. The task is tougher than what appears on paper. Our primary target will definitely be to reach the knockout stage. Mark my words, it’s never easy in a World Cup.” Oscar Tabarez, someone upon whom lot will be depending.
● Writer’s Take:
There is nobody who will be writing off Uruguay in the World Cup. They are expected to make it at least till the quarterfinals without much hustle. Anything beyond that will definitely be a bonus for them. It will be interesting to watch how Tabarez leads this squad amongst the best and strongest sides of the World in the grandest stage of them all.