Brazil must be prepared to blunt the threat posed by Uruguay strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani when the teams meet in their 2022 World Cup qualifier, Selecao defender Marquinhos said on Saturday.
“They are two giants of football. We know what they have done for the Uruguay national team and for football, and I’ve seen up close what these two can do together,” Marquinhos told a virtual news conference ahead of Tuesday’s mach in Montevideo.
“We have to be switched on and be as focused as possible,” the Paris Saint-Germain center-back said, insisting that Brazil could not afford to focus solely on the attacking duo .
“We focus on the collective a lot and how to limit the impact of our opponents collectively rather than individually,” he added.
Brazil leads the South American zone standings going into the duel at Estadio Centenario, having won all three of their qualifiers to date. Uruguay are fourth, with two wins and a loss.
Both Cavani and Suarez were on target in Uruguay’s 3-0 away win over Colombia on Friday and Marquinhos is particularly wary of the threat presented by his former PSG teammate, who joined Manchester United in October.
“Cavani is very decisive,” Marquinhos sad. “He plays on both sides and leaves everything on the pitch. I’m going to be 100% focused because he is capable of taking advantage of the smallest mistakes to score.”