Sunday June 22 2014
Caceres: 'I know Italy secrets'

Martin Caceres said he’ll give away “useful information” on his Juventus teammates for Italy-Uruguay.

The wing-back spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup showdown in Natal, where it’s increasingly likely the Azzurri will adopt a Juve-style 3-5-2 system.

“I think Coach Tabarez will ask me for information about Italy and Juventus, especially my club teammates,” confessed Caceres.

“All tacticians know Andrea Pirlo, so I’ll just reiterate to Tabarez how important it is to disturb him when he’s in possession.

“Claudio Marchisio has some standard movements, so in this case my advice could be very useful. He knows how to burst between the lines and has a great shot from distance. I’ll describe him in great detail.

“Giorgio Chiellini is a very good friend, while Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci are very experienced.

“I don’t expect Italy to put 10 men behind the ball, as that is not their style. It suits us, as Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani become deadly with a little space. We’ll play on the counter-attack.”

Caceres isn’t the only Uruguayan with Serie A experience, as Walter Gargano plays for Parma, Cavani was at Napoli and Alvaro Pereira is owned by Inter.

“Cavani will also be able to give Tabarez some useful information, as he played against the Juve defence many times with Napoli.

“Cavani with Suarez forms one of the best strike partnerships in the world. In the last game against England Suarez was incredible, though you could already tell from training that he was at 100 per cent.”

Uruguay need a victory to progress in the World Cup, whereas Italy can go through even with a draw.

“Uruguayans tend to give their best in difficult situations, as we already proved against England,” continued Caceres.

“Italy’s defeat to Costa Rica surprised us all. It would’ve been better for us if the Azzurri had won. That way a draw was enough for both teams.”