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Uruguay manager relieved by Neymar's absence

Tue 17 November 2020 | 11:25

Confronting Brazil without Neymar comes as an alleviation for Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez.

Uruguay head manager

Oscar Tabarez

conceded there was a feeling of "relief" to confront a

Brazil

side without

Neymar

in World Cup qualifying. 

Brazil's ideal record in World Cup 2022 qualifiers will be scrutinized in Montevideo on Tuesday, and they will be without Neymar because of a thigh injury. 

Uruguay will be without their valuable asset after star striker Luis Suarez tested positive for Covid-19. 

While uncertain if Neymar's nonappearance would give

Uruguay

a preferred position, Tabarez said he was eased. 

"Neymar is among the great players of today and beyond fulfilling obligations of tasks that he has to do at the defensive level, in attack he is very prominent … it shows that in Brazil space is given to his individual creativity," he told a news conference.

"That makes the Brazilian attack stronger because of his speed, his technique, his one-on-one decision, his persistence and his winning mentality. He is very happy when he wins and hot when he loses. This is the type of player who feels like football and plays to achieve things.

"That he is not here tomorrow, I do not know if it will be an advantage for us, but if it is some relief, apart from the fact that Brazil have great forwards.

"We face the best team of these qualifiers, of the past and of many more."

Uruguay has gotten six points from their initial three qualifying games, yet they achieve victory in their past 10 encounters against Brazil. 

They are falling off a 3-0 triumph over

Colombia

as Edinson Cavani, Suarez, and Darwin Nunez found the net. 

Tabarez uncovered

Cavani

was managing an abscess while playing 78 minutes against Colombia, having had restricted game time since joining

Manchester United

.

"Edinson Cavani, after having had a long time away from the pitches and training, since March of this year, he reappeared at Manchester United in the last minutes of the games and in one of them he scored a goal, which is very important for a scorer like him," he said.

"That was the immediate previous experience, and now he played 78 minutes with some problems, a very annoying blister, but he showed great dedication and a lot of intelligence in his interventions."


source: SportMob