When Colombia and Uruguay clash today at the Maracana, it will be a battle between youthful energy and an ageing and undying will.
The Colombians will be impressed with their Performance so far in Brazil but when they come up against Uruguay, Curdado and Guarin will do well to inject directness and when he decided to pass the ball, Guarin can be a threat, with Martinez getting into deadly positions. The Colombians will rely on the delicate left foot of Monaco man James Rodriguez to find a way past the tough tackling Uruguayan midfield and defense as Godin might prove too much for any attack. Thankfully for Colombia, Uruguay lack a certain bite in attack as Luiz “the vampire” Suarez is banned but make no mistake about it, Cavani is more than a handful for any defense on his day.
For the Uruguayans who are without talisman, Suarez, they must rely on defensive shape and tough tackling to hold firm against the pacey golden generation of Colombian football Carcares, Godin and Lugano will have their hands full tonight but Gargano and Perreira must double down on the Colombian midfielders, getting forward, The Uruguayans have Stuani, Cavani and Forlan as options in what is an attack that can ruin you on the ground and annihilate you in the air. The big danger Uruguay pose is aerial balls, either from set pieces or normal crosses, they will have to exploit that today against what is a very good Colombian side.