Suarez: “Can start making history”
Uruguay have underpinned their favourite status in Group A and secured group victory without losing points or conceding a goal. Goal scorer Luis Suarez chased an old national record and presented himself at the post-match press conference ready to write his name in the history books. Meanwhile, his coach called for improvement in his team’s game and predicted hard work in the round of 16.
The Celeste has marched through the tournament so far. Three games, nine points, 5-0 goals. Admittedly, in Group A, the selection of Oscar Tabarez did not meet a high-carat player. The way Uruguay won the group against the euphoric Russians after two tough 1-0 victories convinced them.
“We have reached the goal of becoming first,” Suarez classified the game and summed up: “In the first half we made good pressure and had good opportunities. The first top-flight one was scored by the FC Barcelona man himself by a direct free-kick from the edge of the penalty area (10th). “It’s not that close to the wall,” said Suarez, who chose the goalkeeper and surprised Igor Akinfeev in the Russian goal.
Hunting for a 64 year old record
It was the second goal of the 31-year-old to set a new record: Uruguay record scorer Oscar Miguez, who scored eight goals for the Celeste between 1950 and 1954, is now just one goal ahead of Suarez. The star of the current generation made the audience listen: “I have made my goal and hope that it will continue like this. We can start making history now.” He himself seems firmly convinced that this is possible not only for him personally but also for the team: “The main thing is that we continue as a team.
His trainer was a bit more reserved and criticized some counter-opportunities in the second section that had not been played out optimally. “We have to improve very quickly because every game in the round of 16 will be very difficult,” Oscar Tabarez demanded and warned urgently: “Let me hit the brakes.
Suarez wants to make the fans happy
That there was also something positive to report after the flawless entry into the round of the last 16 was almost forgotten in view of his interview. But it sounded quite easy: “We are satisfied with what the team has achieved. The whole team was focused from start to finish.” The 71-year-old would certainly have no objections if his goalscorer’s plans could be put into practice: Suarez said about his fellow countrymen: “I hope that we can continue to give them pleasure”.