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5 Weak Links For Uruguay In 2014 World Cup

5 Weak Links For Uruguay In 2014 World Cup

Diego Lugano captain of Uruguay
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Uruguay will be familiar with the South American climate when they arrive in Brazil for the World Cup this year. There will be optimism within the camp that, along with their devastating strike force, they can be a positive influence on a successful tournament. There are chinks in the Uruguay armor though, and they will be hoping that those weak links do not cost them dearly when it really matters most.

5. Known Quantity

Uruguay midfield chases the ball against Nigeria
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5. Known Quantity

Uruguay midfield chases the ball against Nigeria
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Everybody knows how Uruguay will approach the World Cup and the tactics they will employ. They will sit deep to protect their back four and midfield and hope for some individual brilliance from their strikers. Keeping compact and being disciplined can work in a tournament like this but at some point, one of the better teams is going to be too much for Uruguay to contain. It may not even take one of the better teams.

4. Falling Behind In Games Could Be Disastrous

Maxi Periera of Uruguay receives a red card
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4. Falling Behind In Games Could Be Disastrous

Maxi Periera of Uruguay receives a red card
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Uruguay are well-organized and have a great work ethic to back up the fantastic strikers they have, but they definitely lack in youth and cutting-edge creativity. Playing open games does not suit them or their players at all, and having to come out and attack to chase a goal or two could be disastrous for them.

3. Inadequate Depth

Diego Forlan playing for Uruguay
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3. Inadequate Depth

Diego Forlan playing for Uruguay
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Uruguay have a settled first 11. The upside of that is continuity and experience both individually and as a team. The downside though is that when things inevitably go against them at some point, there are not many tricks left in the bag. The strikers are critical to this team to create and score their own goals, and whether Diego Forlan is still up to the level required for this particular job is just one of the many open questions.

2. Defense Lacks Pace And Mobility

Diego Godin of Uruguay makes a tackle
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2. Defense Lacks Pace And Mobility

Diego Godin of Uruguay makes a tackle
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If things do not go exactly according to plan, then the Uruguay defense is going to be cruelly exposed at this level. When they are able to to sit deep and protect the defense, the situation is manageable. At some point though, that lack of pace and mobility and going to seriously hurt them. It is just a question of when.

1. Too reliant On Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani of Uruguay
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1. Too reliant On Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani of Uruguay
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Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be among the very best strikers who will be at the World Cup. However, they are starved of any real creativity from the rest of the Uruguay team, and they usually create a lot of their chances for themselves. Though capable, it is asking too much of both of them to have no off-days whatsoever over the course of the tournament.