Confederations Cup 2013: Uruguay must gel to beat Brazil
Uruguay's attacking trio may not have enough to secure victory over Confederations Cup hosts Brazil on Wednesday night
Going into the game as favourites, Brazil will have a tough 90 minutes to achieve their Confederations Cup semi-final win over Uruguay.
Uruguay are having trouble with team cohesion due to midfield deficiencies, looking to Edinson Cavani, Luis Suárez and even Diego Forlán for inspiration and goals. This could be pivotal to Brazil since Luiz Felipe Scolari’s squad is not short of midfield options and are certainly focused on game domination.
The Brazilian squad lives and breathes quality and diversity, and can overcome almost any trial through adaptation.
Also, the Canarinha has more concise objectives and surely want to come out as winners of the tournament, at least to ease up the great tension the country is currently living in.
Failure would also mean a bigger gap between the national team and its supporters, who will play a crucial role when Brazil host the World Cup finals next summer.
Uruguay must amend their game-plan mistakes if only to stand a chance against the Seleção. Óscar Tabárez has yet to attain the balance that allowed his national team to master the 2011 Copa America and a great showing at the 2010 World Cup.
The attacking movement of Cavani and Suárez will not be enough against high-calibre opponents. There must be a better flow in the centre of the pitch, so that there can be a solid connection between the defensive line and the attackers. In the end, this will ensure that Uruguay is able to rely on every player to fulfil his role for a firm team structure.
The social pressure Cavani is facing must be diffused in order to help the striker focus on his game objectives. The 26-year-old, who has been strongly linked with a move away from Napoli, has yet to score in the competition.
If Uruguay gel then Brazil will face an even opponent who could disrupt their current momentum. But any mistakes will surely be punished by the tournament hosts.
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