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Uruguay head into the 2019 Copa America looking to be around the business end of the tournament. Experienced coach Óscar Tabárez is heading into his fifth continental tournament with the side and will be eager to repeat the glory of 2011 when La Celeste clinched a fifteenth Copa America title with a 3-0 victory over Paraguay.
Uruguay disappointed in the 2016 Copa América Centenario, meekly bowing out at the group stage losing to the likes of Mexico and Venezuela. However, confidence will be high in the side after a quarter-final showing at the 2018 World Cup, with Tabárez freshening up the side with a number of youthful additions to the squad.
On paper, the La Celeste should have enough to top Group C with games against Ecuador, Asian Cup Finalists Japan and Chile. The opportunity to grow into the tournament and build momentum will be crucial for Uruguay, ahead of the knockout phases.
The Coach – Óscar Tabárez
Veteran coach Óscar Tabárez has been at the helm of the La Celeste for a second time since 2006, and the 72-year old has no desire in stepping down just yet. Widely considered to be central for the current generation of Uruguayan talent. Kickstarting the “Proceso” era Tabárez has introduced a clear playing philosophy at all levels of the Uruguayan game.
Tabárez has seen everything in a 39-year career in football management, and his vast experience and knowledge of his players will be vital if Uruguay is to go all the way again in Brazil.
Player to Watch - Lucas Torreira
Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira will be vital to Uruguay’s hopes of lifting the Copa America. The 23-year old was one of the stand out players at the 2018 World Cup for his side, which convinced Premier League side Arsenal to splash the cash on the then Sampdoria man.
Torreira has shown glimpses of his talent this season in North London, with his most memorable moment coming as he scored in a victory against rivals Tottenham. Torreira has struck up an understanding with Rodrigo Bentancur and this midfield pairing will be key if Uruguay is to reach the latter stages of the tournament.