Last Update 23:31
Friday, 15 December 2017

Uruguay coach Tabarez doesn't expect easy World Cup opener against Egypt

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Wednesday 6 Dec 2017
Tabarez
Oscar Tabarez was disappointed with Uruguay's performance during their 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica Reuters
Share/Bookmark
Views: 966
Share/Bookmark
Views: 966

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he does not expect an easy match against Egypt when both teams meet at the 2018 World Cup group stage opener as he heaped praise on the defensive strategy of his Argentinean counterpart Hector Cuper.  

"There are no easy matches especially at the World Cup, so I don't know why the people are celebrating the formation of our group as if we scored a goal in a match," Tabarez told Uruguayan TV Channel TNU on Wednesday.

"At the 2014 World Cup, all expected to see us beating Costa Rica but suddenly they defeated us and also delivered outstanding performances through the tournament," the 70-year old tactician added.

The Pharaohs were paired with Saudi Arabia, hosts Russia and South American powerhouse Uruguay in Group A following last week's World Cup draw in Moscow.

Egypt, which will make its first World Cup appearance since 1990, will open their campaign against two-time winners Uruguay on 15 June before meeting Russia four days later, and will conclude their Group A campaign against Saudi Arabia on 25 June.

"Egypt team is working well and their coach Cuper always gives defensive effectiveness to his teams," Said Tabarez who will coach Uruguay for his fourth World Cup, the third in a row.

"I hoped to face Russia at the World Cup opener, but the draw gave that honor to Saudi Arabia," he concluded.

Last week, Egypt's coach Cuper has described the group as a good one for the Pharaohs, adding "I can't quite say it is an easy or a difficult draw."

"The order of the group games is quite good. We have big ambitions in the World Cup," he said at the time.

When asked about which teams he would prefer to meet in upcoming friendly games in preparation for the World Cup, Cuper said he would be looking to play against sides from South America.

"I hope we would face nations from Latin America in our upcoming friendlies since we will be playing Uruguay in our first group game," the ex-Valencia boss added.       

(For more sports news and updates, follow Ahram Online Sports on Twitter at @AO_Sports and on Facebook at AhramOnlineSports.)

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.