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Tabarez Praises Players’ Passion

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez feels the passion of his players, and not their training, saw them to a 2-1 victory over England in their Group D, 2014 FIFA World Cup match on Thursday.

A brace from Luis Suarez saw the South American team earn their first three points of the tournament after losing their opening game 3-1 to Costa Rica.

Speaking after the match Tabarez praised the fighting spirit and togetherness of his team which saw them earn the win.

“We won because my team were fighting,” said Tabarez.

“It was not to do with the training, but the persistence and will of my players.

“Maybe we don’t play very attractive football, but we have players who give everything on the field.

“They’re very well prepared they have a very close relationship among themselves. They love their country and for us this is very important.”

Uruguay still have a way to go to ensure they progress into the knockout stages of the group.

The South American side currently sit third in the group behind Italy and Costa Rica who play on Friday.

Uruguay will face Italy in their last group game and Tabarez knows his side will have to produce a similar performance to the one that got them past England.

“We will try to do the same as we did today. A World Cup is something difficult. Tomorrow we need to focus on our next match. Our objective is to go the next stage,” concluded the Uruguayan coach.

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