5 Reasons Why Uruguay Will Not Advance From Group Stage At World Cup 2014

5 Reasons Why Uruguay Will Not Get Out Of Their Group At World Cup 2014

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez
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Uruguay will have lofty ambitions ahead of the World Cup this year, particularly because it is taking place in Brazil, which is a climate they are both familiar with and comfortable playing in. That could be an advantage for them, especially with two European teams in their group, but that alone will not be enough. Unfortunately for Uruguay, their journey is likely to end at the group stage for a number of reasons.

5. Wrong Group To Be Playing Counter-Attack

World Cup 2014 Group D Table
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5. Wrong Group To Be Playing Counter-Attack

World Cup 2014 Group D Table
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The defensive, counter-attacking style that Uruguay are going to employ will work well against some opponents and not so well against others. Unluckily for them, against the two biggest rivals in their group that they will need results against, it's not going to work so well. The Italians are always defensively adept and England manager Roy Hodgson is similar, so their counter-attacks will yield little joy against teams that seldom over-commit.

4. Limited Options In Case of Injuries/Suspensions/Tactical Changes

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez
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4. Limited Options In Case of Injuries/Suspensions/Tactical Changes

Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez
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No competition ever sails by without problems with injuries, suspensions or even the need to make on the spot tactical changes. To do this effectively, though, you need options in your squad outside of your first 11 players. Uruguay do not have that luxury and only have limited room to maneuver outside of the tactics they will originally employ. Luis Suarez is always a red card risk, but losing either striker would be fatal for Uruguay.

3. Revamped England Attack Are Now A Bad Style Matchup

Raheem Sterling playing for England
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3. Revamped England Attack Are Now A Bad Style Matchup

Raheem Sterling playing for England
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England teams of the past were a good style matchup for Uruguay. Now, though, with quick, dynamic players running at defenders, committing them to tackles with sharp movement from the midfield forward makes things a lot more difficult for the more mechanical Uruguayans. Liverpool's Raheem Sterling has been running riot in the Premier League and is a great example of the quick, mobile players England have now turned to.

2. Defending Deep Against Italy Is Asking For Trouble

Gianluigi Buffon and Italy teammates
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2. Defending Deep Against Italy Is Asking For Trouble

Gianluigi Buffon and Italy teammates
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Dropping deep, allowing your opponents to control possession and hoping for a goal from your strikers is a recipe for disaster against Italy. Italy will control the ball all day, and the chances your strikers will get, or will create themselves, won't even be worth counting. Italy are astute in defense; they will squeeze out the Uruguay attack and at some point score a goal or two with the majority of the possession they will have.

1. Not Enough Service or Help For The Strikers

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani of Uruguay
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1. Not Enough Service or Help For The Strikers

Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani of Uruguay
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To really heavily rely on your strikers, no matter how good they may be, without too much help will always catch up to you in the end. Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are two of the finest strikers in Europe, but they get little support by way of goals or creativity from their teammates. It means the opposition know that if they focus all their efforts to stifle even just one of the two star forwards, they're probably going to stop Uruguay.

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