On May 15, the Uruguayan Football Association appointed Marcelo Bielsa as coach of the national team. And since the Argentine’s arrival on the bench there have been some controversies, especially due to the cleanliness of the squad by not calling veteran players to the team.
Among them Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez, the two all-time top scorers for the Uruguayan team, who at 36 seem to be not in the new coach’s plans.
Neither the “Matador” nor the “Pistolero” were called up to the last friendlies in Uruguay, but the biggest surprise came when they were not called up for the first qualifying date for the 2026 World Cupwhere the light blue eleven debuts against Chile at home.
Faced with this decision by the coaching staff not to summon a historic man like Cavani, the Boca striker himself came out to comment on his absence from the national team.
“For me life is stages and If out there the one who makes the decision today to be in the national team feels or thinks that I am not up to the task of being able to be, perfect because they have the decision. Just as in your house having the power to decide and define things that are going to be done, well, today they have a position that they have the decision to take who they want to take,” he said in an interview with Telemundo.
Cavani has played 136 games with his team and has scored 58 goals. In addition to being key in his country’s last championship, the 2011 Copa América. But today the attacker seems to be focused on staying at a good level at his current club, although he will always be willing to receive a call from his team.
“There came a stage in which I had to dedicate myself more to the place where I am today.. Things happen for a reason and I live it that way. I don’t want to stop to go around a lot, or go against one or the other. The truth is that I am not interested because I do not want to ”, closed Edinson.
On the other hand, the coach Marcelo Bielsa did not definitively close the door for the scorers Suárez and Cavani either. “Since I started working, Cavani publicly expressed that his time in the national team I hadn’t finished and Suárez too. From my point of view, these two statements They became summonable players”, stated the Argentine strategist.
The Uruguayan team comes from having a weak participation in the last World Cup, in which they could not advance from the group stage. Something that had not happened since 2002.
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