Sao Paulo: Upset by Costa Rica in their opener, Uruguay have put themselves in a must-win situation when they play England and Italy in their next two matches.
Little wonder it’s a desperate situation for Oscar Tabarez’s team, but they aren’t throwing in the towel. Rather, they are extremely confident of turning this complicated situation around. “Of course, it won’t be easy to turn things around at the blink of an eye,” admitted Diego Forlan, speaking to the Fifa website.
“But this team has been together for a long time and we know what we’re capable of. We have to do our work on the pitch, play as we know how to, and I believe that will be sufficient to achieve the results we need.”
Edinson Cavani is even more adventurous, claiming that his side has always known how to produce its best when time is ticking away. “It’s true, people say that a lot about Uruguay,” he said.
“We have gone through a lot and have always survived. Play-offs, difficult matches, extreme situations — and here we are. This generation has won almost everything and knows how to do so… No question of throwing in the towel…”
However, the Paris Saint-Germain striker warns that there is no margin of error for La Celeste now. “Keeping our concentration will be key,” he said.
“We cannot make mistakes because another defeat would be too much against rivals of this quality. But I believe it’s exactly that aspect which will allow us to quickly regain our morale.
“We face England and then Italy, not just any old teams, and we have to beat them.”
That’s why Uruguay are remaining calm, despite the surprising defeat to the Costa Ricans. Their players know what it is to have their backs to the wall and come out alive, against all odds.
“In the dressing room, we were sad after the game against Costa Rica,” Forlan remarked. “But we know this is just the beginning and that the rest of the story is there to be written.”
So if the English and the Italians think they have the Uruguayans on the ropes, ripe for a knockout blow, they better think again. That’s because Forlan, Cavani and their teammates may just have other ideas.
Count them off at your peril…