Everything Doesn’t Depend on Cavani, Says Suarez Ahead of Quarters
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As Brazil sailed into the quarter-finals of the World Cup after defeating Mexico 2-0, it wasn’t just Neymar’s brilliant performance that made headlines but also his theatrics on the field. But Uruguay striker Luis Suarez said he was unperturbed by him.
Everybody knows the type of player Neymar is on the field. Absolutely admirable to watch and truly spectacular. As far as the fouls and exaggerations, there are cameras recording them and there are referees to judge those incidents. Some people like him, some people don’t. For me, I don’t pay attention to whether they like him or not.Luis Suarez, Uruguay Striker
Uruguay are set to take on a star-studded French side in their quarter-final match of the World Cup on Friday, 6 July. Edinson Cavani, who scored both goals in the Round of 16 win over Portugal is nursing a hamstring injury, but his running mate Suarez that everything does not depend on him.
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“He is a key member for the team and he's in great form at the moment especially after two goals against Portugal. The team is grateful for his physical efforts so far he contributes a lot to attack and to defending as well.
I'm also one amongst the millions of Uruguayan people who would like to know whether he will play or not. It's just been a couple of days and it's difficult right now to say anything to confirm on whether he will be available.”
France forward Antoine Griezmann has a special fondness for Uruguay, leading many to believe that it will be heartbreaking for him to face the team in the World Cup quarter-finals. Suarez is not having any of it though.
"He may say he is half-Uruguayan but he's actually French," the Barcelona forward. "He doesn't know how an Uruguayan feels inside. He doesn't know the effort and the dedication it takes for an Uruguayan to succeed in football since childhood. To be successful in football, coming from a country with a small population, only we know that feeling.
He might have some habits and he may understand the manner of speaking, perhaps other things as well from Uruguay, but we Uruguayans feel things in a very different way."
France beat Argentina 4-2 in a thrilling round of 16 match as 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe scored a brace, becoming the first teenager since Pele in 1958 to score two goals in a World Cup knockout game.