Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez insists there is still plenty for his side to improve upon despite their impressive 3-0 defeat of South Africa, and expects to see an even better performance in their next match against Mexico. The South Americans took a giant step towards a place in the last 16 by following up their goalless draw against France on Friday with a big victory over the host nation in Pretoria.
Uruguay rarely looked in trouble against South Africa, who barely had a glimpse of goal in the entire game. At the other end, Tabarez's three-pronged attack of Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani looked threatening and, although Uruguay's shooting often lacked accuracy, they still ended up with three goals thanks to two from Forlan and one from Alvaro Pereira.
It was a clinical all-round display by the two-time world champions, but Tabarez feels there is more to come from his troops. "Of course there is always room for improvement, I imagine there will be quite a few things we have to improve on," he said. "I think we have a team with solidarity, what we need is a little more serenity and calm to play the ball under certain circumstances."
Uruguay are next in action on Tuesday when they complete their group campaign against Mexico in Rustenburg. "I think this result will give the players a lot of calm that they need. Let's see what happens in that match against Mexico, I expect to see a better team and more improvements," Tabarez added.
I think we have a team with solidarity, what we need is a little more serenity and calm to play the ball under certain circumstances.
"I think all the teams so far have shown what they can do but also all the teams have room for improvement because we are only in the early days of the tournament. Now we have one more rest day than Mexico and of course in terms of planning this is very good for us."
It could be that a draw in the meeting between Uruguay and Mexico would be enough to send both teams through, depending upon results elsewhere. Tabarez concedes a draw in that match is a possibility in the circumstances with neither team wanting to risk too much, but is adamant there will nothing untoward from his side.
When asked if the match would almost be like a friendly if both teams only needed a point, Tabarez said: "We're not looking for situations, if this happens it would not be Mexico or Uruguay's fault and this would not be the first time it has happened. I would ask you (reporters), how can you do something if you have no need to do something? Of course, one goes out on to the pitch to try and win and we certainly aren't going to come to any agreement with Mexico or do anything illegal.
"We will want to beat Mexico. We don't have to force things, there's no need, but this doesn't mean on the other hand that we are going to go out there to try and get a draw. We want to win our matches because that will get us ahead and we won't have to depend on what happens in other matches. We shouldn't speculate about these things because they always lead to negative comments. We want to be very positive, we believe in fair play, very much so and in doing things properly."