Luis Suarez said this Friday to be ready to “play the whole game” in Uruguay’s debut against Ecuador in CONMEBOL Copa América Brasil 2019, after having overcome an injury, and pointed out as a “dream” playing the final of the tournament in the Maracaná.
“I want to play the whole game (…) I have not played a whole game in a month, but one over the pass of the years one gets to know his physique,” Suarez declared at a press conference at the Ouro Minas hotel, a place of celestial concentration in Belo Horizonte. After a morning training session behind closed doors.
His time on the pitch will depend, he added, on the “rhythm” printed by Sunday’s match against Ecuador at Mineirao. He feels that Uruguay can “go far” in seeking their sixteenth trophy of its history in the Copa America.
The “dream” is clear: it is to be in the final at the legendary Maracaná in Rio de Janeiro, where Uruguay lived the greatest of its achievements, with the 2-1 victory over Brazil that gave it the 1950 world championship.
“Playing in the Maracaná the final would be incredible. A dream for all Uruguayans, “said the attacker. After going through surgery on May 10th due to a meniscal injury to his right knee. The attacker had reappeared leaving a good impression in the 27 minutes played with Uruguay on the 3-0 victory against Panamá, in the last friendly match, before the Copa America, on June 7 at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo. He scored a free-kick goal.
“I knew I was going to make it to the tournament, “I did not doubt it at all: I make it or do not. I was convinced that I was going to get there, “said Suarez.
‘El Pistolero’ highlighted the presence of young players in the midfield such as Rodrigo Bentancur or Matías Vecino, with “a lot of quality”. “It’s a peace of mind to have players with those characteristics,” he said.
Facing the kick off, the 32-year-old, who owns the record of 56 goals with the celeste team, he warned that Uruguay must be careful with the “fast players in counterattack” that Ecuador has and asserted that “the first match is the most important “, Because it marks the course of the following ones. Uruguay joins Group C with Ecuador, defending champion Chile and Japan.