Uruguay coach Tabarez asks for support for misfiring Luis Suarez
- Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez defended Luis Suarez after an underwhelming performance against Egypt
Tabarez said that even footballing greats such as Pele, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi had all had poor games in World Cups.
“I mentioned those names to underline that humans aren’t robots programmed to perform in a certain way, we have to be patient and supportive at times like this,” Tabarez explained to the reporters at his press-conference.
“We can all agree that perhaps he didn’t have the best of matches against Egypt but his power is still intact. When a footballer performs badly they are more unhappy about it than anyone else. On bad days you must offer them the tools so they can overcome it and make better contributions. We have advised him to stay calm.”
Suarez posed to make his 100 appearence for Urugway against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
“Time sure flies," added Tabarez on that. "100 matches is a very important number for players but it’s not simply a number, it means much more because in a lot of those games he has been decisive."
“He has always played a pivotal role for us since he came into the team from the under-20 side, scoring a lot of goals and providing a lot of assists too.”