Uruguay midfielder Diego Laxalt said on Tuesday that his side is planning to use a low block defense to frustrate France’s attack, particularly star forward Kylian Mbappe, in their upcoming quarterfinal duel in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Also Read - UEFA Champions League 2018-19, Paris Saint-Germain vs Liverpool FC Live Streaming - Preview, Timing IST, When And Where to Watch Online
Uruguay is looking to keep Mbappe quiet in Friday’s clash, as the 19-year-old proved how dangerous he can be after scoring two key second-half goals and provoking a penalty in Les Blues’ 4-3 knockout win over Argentina on June 30. Also Read - Now a biopic on Bhaichung Bhutia
“Mbappe should not be given space to take advantage of his speed. With a block_ he’s going to face difficulties,” Laxalt said during a press conference on the eve of the match at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Also Read - Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Manchester City Kevin De Bruyne Among First Ballon D'Or Nominees, Cristiano Ronaldo Also Included
In a low block, teams defend the central areas of the pitch from close to the goal as a way of limiting the space available for the other side.
“We’re aware that they (France) have great potential in attacking, we’re really going to work hard defensively,” Laxalt explained. “We’ve got to have a solid defense, the same as against Portugal.”
On Saturday, Uruguay sent Portugal home in the last-16 round after forward Edinson Cavani scored a brace to lead La Celeste to a 2-1 victory.