A blog post written by Stephen from SC1 Sports Blog.
Uruguay have just won the 2011 Copa America, beating Paraguay in the final 3-0. I was so impressed with their work rate on and off the ball, to levels that have made people drool over Barcelona. A real team, they play together, and have such an understanding of each other. Diego Lugano and Sebastian Coates (named Young Player of the Tournament) at the back are so dominant in the air, strong in the tackle. Arevalo Rios reminded me of Javier Mascherano, harassing the opponent in midfield and not giving them a second on the ball, chasing every lost cause. Alvaro Perreira surged down the left wing like a stallion, supporting the forwards in every attack. Diego Forlan was on a 13 international game drought and ended that in style in the final with two sublime finishes. I’m sure he could still do a great job for someone in the Premiership, and I bet he would love to prove some people wrong after his spell at Man United. That brings me to one man. A man who’s attitude and mentality epitomizes the mantra of Uruguay. He led the team to success in this tournament, finishing second top scorer, with one goal and one assist in the final…and I am delighted he is a Red! Take a bow Luis Suarez.
It is often thought that foreign imports to the English Premier League take some time to adjust to the frantic pace, the hard-hitting style of the English game. When #LFC sold their golden boy, Fernando Torres, to Chelsea for £50 million in January 2011, the arrival of Luis Suarez from Ajax was slightly forgotten. Now, I think it is safe to say, and I speak on behalf of all #LFC fans here when I say…”Fernando who?!”. In the 2010 World Cup, ‘Lil Luis’ blocked a Ghana shot on the line and Uruguay ended up victorious with a place in the semi-final. He was lambasted, called a cheat, every name under the sun. But that is how much of a winner Suarez is, he will do anything to win for his team. Luis Suarez arrived from Holland with an excellent record of 81 goals in 110 games, and an impressive number of assists too for the buck-toothed assasin. After half a season at Anfield, he has wowed the English audience with his movement, his close control (like his twists and turns inside the box against #MUFC) and moreso, his work rate. He is a winner. His work rate sets the tome for all of his Uruguayan teammates, he is a leader, and gets the fans on their feet. His touch inside the defender for his Copa America Final goal was incredible, his knock down to Forlan to kill off Paraguay was genius, and extremely generous.
Liverpool fans must be licking their lips for the season ahead. And the rest of the league should beware. This little Uruguayan is on his game, and with his winning mentality, The Kop are sure to see some South American magic from ‘El Pistolero’ in 2011/2012. Playing under Kenny Dalglish’s free-flowing attacking system suits Suarez to the ground. ‘The rebel’ likes to roam. He played in all 3 attacking positions at Ajax and can fit into each position easily. Now that Stewart Downing has been added to the ranks at Merseyside, and with spells on the left and right side of midfield at Aston Villa, the two attackers will hope to bamboozle defenders. Suarez has said recently how Dalglish gives him confidence: “The biggest thing is the trust he puts in his players. He trusts us 100 per cent and that makes you want to return that trust and pay it back.” King Kenny allows Suarez to express himself on the field, and that is exactly what he needs. His movement would be wasted if he was stuck on the wing, or in a rigid formation (a la Woy Hodgson).
Again I say, take a bow Luis Suarez, Copa America 2011 champion and Player of the Tournament.
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