Uruguay’s former Barcelona and Liverpool striker Luis Suárez has asked his team to stop looking for excuses after their poor start to the World Cup in Qatar.
Uruguay are yet to score at the tournament after a 0-0 draw with South Korea which preceded a 2-0 loss to Portugal, meaning Suárez and his team must beat Ghana in their final Group H game to have any chance of making the last 16 on Friday.
The team’s camp has seen signs of unrest since the loss to Portugal with striker Edinson Cavani asking reporters to “ask the coach” why the team are performing poorly while defender José María Giménez suggested they “did not go out to win” against Portugal. However, Suárez, now 35, took a different tone, saying:
“All defeats hurt, even more so in a World Cup. Now, we have to be united and not look for excuses. We have to win and guarantee qualification. This is our goal. Trust us because we are going to give everything.”