Uruguay – Ecuador: Intense Uruguay Is Not Messing Around In Opening Game Versus Ecuador (4-0)
Uruguay enters the 2019 Copa América in spectacular fashion, showcasing their intense and direct football identity and reminding everyone why they are one of the title favorites. With the extreme mobility of the Suárez-Cavani striker duo, and the intensity and workrate of their players on the wings, Uruguay won the game in the first half aleady, demolishing an Ecuador side with poor defensive and offensive structure.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Perez.
Uruguay comes into the Copa América as one of the title favorites after a strong showing in the 2018 World Cup. Their legendary coach, El Maestro Óscar Tabárez, has carefully organized a slow but steady squad renewal process. For this tournament, only five squad players (Diego Godín, Luis Suárez, Christian Stuani, Martín Cáceres and Edinson Cavani) are over 30 years of age. Uruguay’s renewal is particularly noticeable in midfield areas, with an exciting new generation who are more creative than their predecessors while still retaining the traditional Uruguayan defensive work rate: Rodrigo Bentancur, Lucas Torreira, Nahitán Nández, Diego Laxalt, Federico Valverde, amongst others.
Against Ecuador, Uruguay lined up with their near-unchanging 4-4-2 shape. The tactical foundation of this team lies in their two world-class duos, one of central defenders - Godín and Jose María Giménez - and one of strikers - Suárez and Cavani. Fullbacks were Laxalt on the left and a surprisingly offensive Martín Cáceres on the right. In midfield played a double pivot of Matías Vecino and Bentancur, who were preferred over the more defensive Lucas Torreira. On the wings . . .