VIENNA – Uruguay national soccer coach Oscar Tabarez said on Monday that the players who had recently joined the squad had brought balance to the team, among other qualities.
Tabarez made these remarks at a press conference in Vienna on the eve of a friendly match against Austria, with an eye on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“Certain players, who we think are up to international requirements, made some progress with their teams. That was the case first for (Matias) Vecino, from some time ago, and recently for Rodrigo Bentancur and (Federico) Valverde,” he said.
The coach said that they helped the team control games, adding more balance to the squad.
However, he declined to assess other players who had recently made their debut with the squad, such as Guillermo Varela, Mauricio Lemos and Gaston Pereiro.