The intense rivalry between Brazil and Uruguay means November’s Brasil Global Tour clash at the Emirates Stadium will be far from a friendly, insists to Arsenal and la Celeste midfielder Lucas Torreria.
He may have only made his international debut at the China Cup in March earlier this year, but already the diminutive midfielder has become a mainstay for the Uruguayan national team, starring for Oscar Tabárez’s men at the World Cup in Russia.
And Torreira is looking forward to going toe-to-toe with Brazil’s star turns at the Emirates, who will include the likes of Neymar and Gabriel Jesus in their ranks at the Emirates.
“It will be an awesome game,” he told Brasil Glboal Tour. “It’s a friendly but it’s still such an important game.
“Every time you pull on your national team’s jersey you are giving it all your strength and taking it seriously.
“We want the result to go our way, but the important thing is that the team looks good and it feels like we are continuing to grow.
“We’ve got to maintain our calm as a product of the coaching and show the growth of their team. And now, the clash with Brazil should be a great match.
“They didn’t do brilliantly at the World Cup but it’s a team that is always good to watch with players who know how to play nice football.
“They take pride in wearing the yellow jersey and it will be a good match but hopefully we can come out with the win.
“I haven’t had to face Neymar yet but he’s obviously a fantastic player who is great to watch and every time he has the ball you feel he is about to do something magnificent and entertain the fans.
“It will be a great game against Brazil and Neymar will have a big part in that. It will be up to us to be careful of him during the game because he’s so dangerous.
“He’s one of the best forwards in the world and we’ll have to be aware of how dangerous he is on the ball.”
Brazil take on Uruguay in an international friendly at Emirates Stadium, London on 16 November (KO 8pm). Tickets from £30/£15 on sale at www.arsenal.com/brauru2018