FIFA World Cup 2022: Darwin Nunez to lead the frontline for Uruguay National team
Darwin Nunez is one of the 7 players who are out of the Liverpool squad for World Cup duty. We are a few days away from World Cup as Uruguay are looking to get their 3rd World Cup trophy.
As for Darwin Nunez, the striker is in the perfect flow. Having very little inconvenience with the Reds at the start of the season, Nunez quickly adapted to the Liverpool way. He is in sensational form as Jurgen Klopp and many other Premier League pundits predicted. There are great things expected from him in the World Cup. And his idol Luis Suarez is looking to back him up just like he did when Nunez moved to Liverpool prior to the Premier League season.
Uruguay in World Cup 2022: What to expect?
The four years following the 2018 World Cup have seen a significant transformation for Uruguay. The youth core has grown up, their manager of 15 years has left, and two of the team’s most important players are nearing the end of their careers.
La Celeste had a difficult journey to Qatar; at one point, they were in danger of not qualifying. However, they come to the competition with great expectations.
Uruguay will always make an effort to compete at the highest level, go as far as they can, and, why not, win the World Cup? Because we have the players to do it,” said Luis Suarez, the leading scorer in the nation.
South Korea, Ghana, and Portugal make up Group H together with Uruguay. La Celeste have defeated each of these three sides in prior World Cups, despite the fact that this is a difficult group. In 2010, they defeated South Korea in the round of 16, and in 2018, they eliminated Portugal from the competition.
But without a question, their matchup with Ghana is the group’s tiebreaker. The most memorable moment of their most recent encounter was when Suarez made a goal-line save with his hands in the final minute of extra time to keep Ghana from scoring during the quarterfinal of the 2010 World Cup. Along with Nunez, the team has some fresh faces, so they do have what it takes to bring in the 3rd World Cup.
Uruguay has a strong football history as the first World Cup victors and two-time champions. La Celeste plays a significant role in the country’s identity, and as is customary before a World Cup, expectations among supporters are high.
Suarez thinks the team’s young players, who are “performing at the greatest level in Europe,” are to blame for the increased expectations.
Rodrigo Bentancur has cemented himself in Antonio Conte’s Tottenham team, Ronald Araujo, a Barcelona defender, has emerged over the last year and has threatened to displace veteran Diego Godin, and they now have one of the most interesting players in the world in Fede Valverde, a 24-year-old.
Although the addition of Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez strengthens the assault, the two seasoned attackers have continued to command the front line.
The World Cup will be their final performance. Suarez and Edinson Cavani, both 35 years old, have been the driving forces behind Uruguay’s success over the previous ten years.
They have combined to score nine of Uruguay’s past 13 goals in the World Cup. While the couple will be directly responsible for carrying the dreams of the country, it is yet unknown if they are still capable of doing so.
However, with the fine form he is been on, it shouldn’t come as a shocker if Nunez leads the front line for the two-time World Cup winners.
Uruguay: The dark horse in the World Cup 2022
As it gets ready for its 14th World Cup, Uruguay is once more considered a dark horse. It is what you would anticipate from a nation that has previously won the competition — La Celeste were winners in two of the first four World Cups — and made it as far as the 2010 semifinals.
However, in Qatar, on-field talent is what counts most. Edinson Cavani, Diego Godin, and Luis Suarez are all in their late 30s and will be praying for one more streak of good fortune. The next wave of stars might make their debut at this competition.