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Uruguay: Suarez's shame

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 Posted by Felipe Miguel
Jun 18, 2014

Crunch time for La Celeste

On Thursday, at Arena Corinthians, Uruguay and England will be part of the most definitive game that this World Cup has given us so far.

The winners will rub their hands and await a positive result in the other game of Group D. The losers will have to start packing their bags in preparation to go back home.

Cavani: England clash is a 'must-win'

Hodgson: Suarez not a true great yet

Gerrard: We can hurt wounded Uruguay

Uruguay will need to improve a lot from its last performance against Costa Rica. Their attack without Luis Suarez was predictable, overcomplicated, flat and dull.

Although much had been spoken about La Celeste having one of the most dangerous attacking duos in the entire tournament, the team's first performance has left behind a great amount of doubts.

If Oscar Tabarez's men are really up to defeating England, things will have to change. And, indeed, the coach seems to be planning at least three changes to his starting 11.

The biggest inclusion -- and biggest positive for the fans -- will be, of course, Suarez. The Liverpool striker will try to use his knowledge of England's back line and lead Uruguay's offense with pace and an iron-willed behavior. Suarez is such a special talent that he has the skills to change a whole team's performance by himself.

All signs also point to the inclusion of Nicolas Lodeiro and Alvaro Gonzalez at the expense of Walter Gargano and Christian Stuani in the midfield.

The two men, who came on as substitutes during the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica, will be given their chance to boss the midfield and attempt to feed balls through to Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

Luis Suarez is a significant inclusion for the Uruguay team.

Gonzalez will be in charge of marking England's playmaker Steven Gerrard. He has enough stamina to never leave the English captain alone throughout the whole match, and also will be able to help out in attack where he can. The Lazio midfielder will have his work cut out for him, but also a fantastic chance to prove to Tabarez that he's ready for first-team football.

Lodeiro, on the other hand, will have more positional freedom. He will try to be the link between the midfield and the offense, acting as number 10, but also providing a big helping hand when it comes to recovering the ball. Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson will have the huge responsibility of trying to stop Lodeiro as he pulls the strings in between the lines.

In defense, Alvaro Pereira looks like he'll be included on the left, with Martin Caceres swapping over to the right to fill in for Maximiliano Pereira who was sent off at the end of the match against Costa Rica.

Pereira will come face to face with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge on England's right flank. He's quick enough to take them on, but his lack of genuine marking talent will be a particular concern for Tabarez.

The whole of Uruguay is trying to give an extra cheer for the team and many videos, letters and messages have been sent to the squad in order to help them get motivated for the match.

Uruguay has the obligation to succeed, after they set a very high bar at the last World Cup. England has less to lose but much more to prove, and their young guns will try to ruin Suarez and company's plans.

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