Tabarez: Uruguay showed fighting spirit

The coach was pleased with side's hard-fought 2-0 victory over Slovenia but refused to put a target on their success in Brazil, hailing 'fighting spirit' of his players
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez says his team will “fight” for success at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

La Celeste finished their preparations for football’s biggest tournament with a 2-0 friendly win against Slovenia on Wednesday.

Uruguay’s performance in Montevideo lacked energy in the absence of star striker Luis Suarez, who is continuing his attempts to be fully fit for the team’s opening Group D match against Costa Rica on June 14.

However, Tabarez was still pleased with his side’s fighting spirit in their last two warm-up games – something he expects to see from his players when they arrive in Brazil.

"When they ask me what will happen with Uruguay, Uruguay will give fight, and today we saw a team that fought," Tabarez said following the match.

"They weren't teams that qualified for the World Cup, Northern Ireland and Slovenia, but they are good teams, they came and made good defensive matches.

"In the first half, both of them had more shots on goal than us, but it's part of everything to try to turn the game, and that is why they are warm-up matches, and I think we achieved that."

Uruguay have a tough World Cup group as they face England, Italy and Costa Rica in the opening stage of the competition.

But Tabarez has refused to speculate about how far his side can go in the tournament, insisting they will take it one game at a time.

"These games have allowed me to see many players, many possibilities," he said.

"Now we have to work hard on the final phase of the preparation and try to get close to the first eleven that we define will be the one that will start the first game.

“I can't say which will be Uruguay's campaign, we are going to work thinking in our first game, then the second one, and so on."