The Uruguayan National Team will debut in the Copa América in Brazil this Friday at 9:00 p.m. when it faces Argentina for the second date of Group A. In the team of Maestro Tabárez, who had free on the first day, the return of Edinson Cavani and changes are expected in the middle of the court in relation to the team that equaled 0-0 against Venezuela on June 8 in Caracas for the Qualifiers.
The last eleven official who presented the Uruguayan team was with Fernando Muslera in the goal, Giovanni González, Josema Giménez, Diego Godín and Martín Cáceres in the defense, Facundo Torres, Matías Vecino, Lucas Torreira, Federico Valverde and Jonathan Rodríguez in the middle zone and with Luis Suárez as center forward.
Tabárez could not count for the last double date of the Qualifiers with Cavani, who had to serve two penalties after being sent off against Brazil in November of last year for date 4 of the Qualifiers. Against Venezuela, Rodrigo Bentancur was also not qualified, who against Paraguay had reached his second yellow card in the competition, his place being occupied by Torreira.
The return of Cavani to the squad, and his consequent ownership, will generate the departure of Jonathan Rodríguez, but this will not be the only variant that the celestial coach would make, who will also use Bentancur again from the start of the game.
As reported Referee, the eleven that Tabárez stopped this Tuesday at the Celeste Complex (Uruguay traveled to Brazil on Wednesday afternoon) was with Muslera, Martín Cáceres, Josema Giménez, Diego Godín and Matías Viña in defense, the midfield made up of Giovanni González, Torreira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Nicolás De la Cruz, and in attack the Salta duo with Suárez and Cavani.
In this case, there would be four name changes in the team and the 4-4-2 with which the last game began would be maintained: Viña, Bentancur, De La Cruz and Cavani would enter, and Valverde, Vecino, Torres and Rodríguez would leave. .
Viña had started against Paraguay and played the entire second half against Venezuela as a left wing in the 3-5-2 that Tabárez raised when the Palmeiras side was on the court.
In the case of De La Cruz, who started three of the first four qualifying matches, he could only play 22 minutes against Venezuela on the last double date on his way to Qatar 2022. The River player had suffered from the coronavirus in the month May and it was difficult for him to find his optimal physical condition, so he was not used against Paraguay. Before the Vinotinto he had a great income and for that reason his ownership would not surprise; while Bentancur and Cavani return to the starting eleven after being suspended.
As for who would leave the team, the situations of Valverde or Vecino could draw attention, although notoriously neither against Paraguay nor against Venezuela neither of them had their best performance.
Thus, with that 4-4-2, which could mutate to a 3-5-2 given the enormous versatility of Cáceres and the possibility of Viña and González to play as wingers or full-backs, Uruguay’s starting eleven seems to be considered to face the Rio de la Plata classic against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the Copa América in Brazil.