Soccer-World-Uruguay plan to relish pressure against hosts

Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:25pm GMT

By Kate Holton

PRETORIA, June 15 (Reuters) - Uruguay will thrive under their own pressure to win their first World Cup match in 20 years and will not be overawed by playing hosts South Africa on Wednesday, coach Oscar Tabarez said on Tuesday.

Uruguay, who last won a World Cup game in 1990 against South Korea, earned a point with a dogged display in a goalless draw with France in Cape Town on Friday, and Tabarez said they would need to be much more aggressive in their next match.

"We do not have any added pressure at all," he told reporters at the pre-match news conference. "You could say we have our own natural pressure but it should not be excessive.

"Most of the players were little kids back then (in 1990). We cannot discus the causes of that (winless streak) because they run deep. We are all aware of this, players and coaches. But now we are in a position where we can change our record.

"In Uruguay there are great expectations."

Tabarez said he would start with three attackers, Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani as they look to break down South Africa in the Group A tie.

South Africa, who drew 1-1 against Mexico, have vowed to take more risks and be more enterprising when they play Uruguay at Loftus Versfeld after they put their opening World Cup jitters behind them.

With a point from the opening match and a final group game to come against former world champions France, Bafana Bafana regard Uruguay as their best hope of claiming a victory.   Continued...

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