Diego Alonso was introduced as Uruguay’s coach and revealed that he spoke with Maestro Tabárez

Diego Alonso was introduced as the new coach of the Uruguayan soccer team at the Centenario Stadium (EFE) (Raúl Martínez /)

Diego Alonso assumed this Tuesday as coach of the Uruguayan soccer team convinced that The light blue will regain ground in the Play off and will be classified at Qatar World Cup 2022. The Uruguayan team is seventh in the table and only won in four of their 14 presentations.

The former Inter Miami coach takes over the leadership of the team amid a deep crisis of results that precipitated the departure of the Master Oscar Tabárez. “I deeply believe that Uruguay doing things the way it has to do them will be in the next World Cup,” he said at a press conference at the Centenario stadium in Montevideo.

Now, he is expected to deliver the first squad by the end of this week with historic names like the captain. Diego Godin or the forwards Luis Suarez Y Edinson cavani, but also with some news. The archer Sebastian Sosa, from Independiente, could be one of the big surprises of the call, according to local media.

With the powers Brazil and Argentina already classified and with Ecuador third one step away from cutting ticket to Qatar, Uruguay who is seventh will fight for the fourth place – last in direct classification – with Colombia and Peru (both with 17 points) and Chile, with 16 points as well as The light blue. The fifth classified must play a playoff with a team from another continent.

The landing of Alonso, 46, was confirmed in late 2021 and his arrival was delayed due to covid-19. The technician tested positive for the virus when he was on tour in Europe to speak with the referents of the Uruguayan team.

Tabárez had been in charge of the Uruguayan team for more than 15 years (EFE)
Tabárez had been in charge of the Uruguayan national team for more than 15 years (EFE) (EFEI0499 /)

Alonso started his coaching career at the local Beautiful view and the popular Peñarol before jumping to Mexico where he headed to Pachuca Y Monterrey. In Paraguay led Guaraní and Olimpia, before landing at Inter Miami, team that has David Beckham among their owners.

In the conference he spoke about his style of play: “I like to dominate the games through the defensive phase with pressure and also in the game phase with what I can create.” Your first great challenge will be the visit to the fierce Paraguay, at the end of January in Asunción. It will continue in February in Montevideo against Venezuela and in March against Peru as a home and away team against Chile.

Alonso confirmed that he spoke with Tabárez, who was removed from office after returning to Uruguay to the elite of world football with a fourth place in South Africa 2010 and the Copa América 2011. “I have had contact with the Master,” he confirmed. “I have received the response I expected, living up to the same standard, (but) I would prefer to keep the communication we had private”, he asserted. With the delk Maestro era in the past, he warned: “Each coach has his little book and we will give (the Uruguayan team) our imprint and we will try to convey what we feel about football.”

Alonso will have among his collaborators the physical trainer of the Atlético de Madrid, the teacher Oscar Ortega, who has the approval of the team of Diego Simeone to accompany the Charruas during the training sessions prior to each qualifying match.

With information from AFP


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