Gus Poyet has warned England players are too nice and that Uruguay will try all of the tricks in the book to win.
Luis Suarez demonstrated this in the quarter finals of the competition last time around in South Africa, saving a certain goal by punching it clear. Although most of the world were disgusted with the handball, never mind the celebration after Ghana missed the penalty, you can’t argue that Poyet may have a point.
For some it is cheating, but in Uruguay it is just part of the game, to gain an advantage and win the match by any means necessary.
Speaking to the Sun, Poyet said: "I know that for you a handball on the goal line is cheating. It’s not for us. It’s part of the game.
"It’s part of the game like if I’m the last man and I pull your shirt and you go down and I get sent off — is that cheating? No it’s not cheating.
"I know the Suarez handball was massive in England. But we thought, ‘Why?’ He saved it. He was sent off. It was a penalty. It is all about football in Uruguay.”
On a regular basis Suarez will try to gain an advantage for his side whether the opponent has touched him or not. Even the slightest touch will see the Liverpool man hit the ground in order to gain a foul.
Poyet went on to explain how such acts are routine in the South American game, and that at the heart of all Uruguay's problems is the sheer will to win.
“You cannot make kids of seven or eight play to win because they need to enjoy the game? In Uruguay you need to win at six. I tried to change that," he said.
"I went to Uruguay for two years and was the chairman of a big organization of children from five to 13 and I tried to convince them to not be so crazy about winning.
"How much did I succeed? Nothing. It is not in our culture."
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