Copa America 2021 preview: Suarez and Cavani-dominated Uruguay could be the surprise package
The 2021 Copa America is set to be held in Brazil. Uruguay happens to be the most successful team in the competition, having won it on 15 occasions. However, does Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani-led side has what it takes to emerge champion this year?
The 47th edition of Copa America draws near as the top sides gear up for a chance at the South American continental glory. While Brazil is the favourite to retain the crown, being held in the country itself, the tournament's most successful side, Uruguay, cannot be left out either.
Having won the tournament on record 15 occasions, it still bolsters a title-winning squad. However, lack of consistency has deprived it of success of late. Thus, does it have enough what it takes to emerge champion this term? We find out as we present the preview for the side for this competition.
The goalkeeping department of the side lacks enough big names. However, Fernando Muslera, Martin Campana and Kevin Dawson would likely be the ones in the department.
As for its defence, Diego Godin is the only man in the department who has enough experience playing at the European level and can compete to the fullest, while he is certain to hed the field.
In the midfield, Rodrigo Bentancur and Federico Valverde are likely to handle the reins in the department. At the same time, Lucas Torriera and Gaston Pereiro are sure to come in handy, being the rising stars.
Considering the forward line-up, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani are the no-brainers. Meanwhile, Maxi Gomez is rising the charts quite fast and is sure to contribute to the department alongside the already-mentioned big guns.
Players to watch out
Godin: The 35-year-old veteran defender continues to be the headliner for Uruguay. While he has fallen in the ranks of late, as he plays for Italian side Cagliari, his experience is priceless of Uruguay and is sure to come in handy this term in this tournament.
Suarez: The 34-year-old veteran has also done enough for Uruguay in the past few years and seems to be going strong. He is coming off a title-winning campaign with Atletico Madrid in La Liga and is sure to continue his great run in this competition. The side would be pretty dependent on him, and he has to ensure that he delivers to the fullest.
Cavani: Another veteran for the side, who had a glorious stint with Manchester United this season, helping it finish second, besides leading it into the final of the UEFA Europa League. Naturally, he is sure to carry the same form into the Copa, while alongside Suarez, the duo would be deadly upfront for the side.
Chances and prediction
The side might be the most successful team in the competition. However, it has not performed as expected since its 2011 title win. Placed alongside Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay, it is sure to go through the knockouts, and if things go right, it is certain of playing in the semis.
June 17: vs Argentina
June 20: vs Chile
June 23: vs Bolivia
June 27: vs Paraguay
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