Costa Rica coach Suarez highlights the team’s effectiveness ahead of the World Cup:

Costa Rica coach, Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez, underlined his side’s maturity to earn a 2-2 draw against South Korea, two months before facing Spain in their first game at the World Cup in Qatar.

“It seems to me that the team gave a good class in the defensive part then tried as best they could with simplicity to reach the opposing goal and fortunately we were able to score two goals”, declared Suarez in press conference.

“The most interesting thing is that I liked the team defensively,” he added. Under Suárez, Costa Rica showed defensive security, tactical order and counter-attacking play.

These will be the weapons, most likely, that the Costa Rican team will use against Luis Enrique’s attacking Spain, with full ball control and high pressure, in the first game of the World Cup in Qatar on November 23. .

After that, the Central American team will face Japan and Germany in the first phase. In fact, South Korea held Costa Rica at bay for the first half hour with multiple combinations, ball possession, attacking speed and high pressing.

“The most important thing about it is the group’s response when at a certain point they felt almost overwhelmed by Korea with the ball,” Suarez said.

“I like how the team during the game matured from what was to come, it was smart to know what kind of game we had and how to react, that’s how you play a World Cup,” he added.

However, the coach said he hasn’t decided on the World Cup squad yet, except for PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

“I’m going to give myself the time I need to make the best decision,” he said.

Sara H. Byrd