Marcelo Bielsa made his debut as Celeste coach against two Central American rivals.
Uruguay national team had changed plans in recent months, once he directed the coming marcelo bielsa as a new coach. The idea of traveling to the Antipodes to face Australia and New Zealand was scrapped and the search for rivals was redirected.
The Argentine coach preferred to concentrate “at home”, avoiding the wear and tear of long journeys and getting to know his footballers. Opponents are minor, however this is an opportunity for the Fool to start translating his ideas to the team. The list of summons was announced, it included 31 football players and most of the famous players were spared from summons.
Celeste’s first test will be before Nicaragua, on Wednesday 14 June at the Centenario Stadium. It is the 140th-ranked team in the FIFA rankings and comes from two matches this year, valid to qualify for the CONCACAF Nations League: a 4–1 draw over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and a 1–1 draw with Trinidad and Tobago.
Six days later, the others, led by former Leeds United and the Argentina national team, face Cuba, a team ranked 165th in the world rankings and undefeated in their last seven matches (6 wins and 1 draw), but smaller rivals against).
Uruguay embarked on a new process in an effort to make a quality leap in their game, especially after the disappointment of being knocked out in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar 2022. Its preparation points towards the South American qualifiers which will start in September.