Uruguay striker, Luis Suarez has boasted that the Super Eagles will suffer for the 2-1 defeat inflicted by Spain on the Uruguay when the champions of Africa and South Americans clash tomorrow in a Group B Confederations Cup match in Salvador.
Uruguay opened their campaign at the FIFA Confederations Cup, Brazil 2013, with a defeat, but that does not necessarily mean there are no positives to be taken from the game.
Their coach Oscar Washington Tabarez said before the game that “if we played against them ten times, in normal conditions, they’d win nine”.
It was perhaps this approach that led to the distinct lack of long faces in the Charrúa camp post-match, especially in the case of Luis Suarez – scorer of his side’s goal with a stunning direct free-kick.
“We lost against the world’s best national team, but we know that the competition’s only just starting,” said Suarez, one of Uruguay’s key figures. “I think that we left a positive impression and we never let our heads drop, even when the game looked beyond us.
The matches we’ve got coming up against Nigeria and Tahiti are different, and we’ve got to win them to progress. We have showed a positive attitude and I’m feeling optimistic.”
Though the 6-1 win by Nigeria over Tahiti does reduce Uruguay’s margin for error should they wish to reach the next round, the 26-year-old former Ajax hit man believes he and his countrymen often perform better when the chips are down. “Us Uruguayans are used to having it tough,” he said.