Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is keeping his cards close to his chest ahead of their game against hosts South Africa.
The two-time World Champions ground-out a goalless draw against France on the opening day of SA2010 but are now busy preparing to face Bafana Bafana on June 16.
With increased media interest in the host nation at the fore, the paranoia may have proved too much for some, with South African broadcaster Supersport reportedly refused entry to Uruguay’s Kimberley training camp.
Other nations, notably Japan, have shied away from media intrusion whilst Brazilian coach Dunga has hit out at his domestic press for added unwanted pressure.
The hosts scored the tournament’s opening goal when they took a 1-0 lead against Mexico and Tabarez admits that his players will have to be ready for their quick-paced opponents.
“We respect South Africa, they have some great virtues,” he said. “They have players who are really fast. It will be tough, but it should also be a good occasion.”
Group A is currently deadlocked with all four teams level on one point each, and Tabarez expects to see standards rising across the board.
“I think all four teams in the group have to improve,” he continued. “South Africa won’t be the favourites against us, just as much as we won’t be the favourites against them. They found things difficult at the start against Mexico but they are fast and could probably have won the game.”