Francescoli sees Uruguay going far with Suarez

Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:17pm EST
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By Luis Ampuero

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Uruguay should be feared at next year's World Cup in Brazil because they have the world's best striker in Luis Suarez and the self-belief to overcome big obstacles, former captain Enzo Francescoli said on Friday.

The twice world champions are in a tough section with former winners Italy and England plus Costa Rica in Group D.

"A World Cup isn't easy... but Uruguay are in good shape and it won't be easy for the teams who have to play them," Francescoli told Reuters in an interview.

"It's also going to be complicated by the places where they are going to play. They have to go to places that are hot and humid despite it being winter, but Uruguay have shown they can surpass themselves," the former midfielder said.

Francescoli, who played for Argentine giants River Plate in the mid-1980s and ended his career there in the 1990s after playing in France and Italy, was appointed the club's sporting director at the Monumental in Buenos Aires on Friday.

Uruguay open their World Cup campaign against Costa Rica in Fortaleza on June 14 before meeting England in Sao Paulo five days later and finishing against Italy in Natal on June 24.

Francescoli, who played for his country at the 1986 and 1990 World Cups, pointed out that Uruguay can tip the balance against their opponents with the skills of their forwards.

"Uruguay have very good attackers like Luis (Suarez) and (Paris St Germain's Edinson) Cavani, although today I think Luis is the best in that position," Francescoli said.   Continued...

Veteran star Uruguay's Enzo Francescoli (R) challenges Haiti's Pierre Richard in a friendly soccer match between "Friends of Haiti" and Haiti national team in Puerto Ordaz February 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva