Pellistri: Any team can win it!

Thursday 24 November 2022 07:00

Facundo Pellistri says that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is wide open when it comes to predicting which country will lift the trophy next month.

Our winger is part of Uruguay’s squad for the tournament and will potentially come up against United team-mates Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes in the group-stage, with Portugal, Ghana and South Korea being drawn in Group H alongside La Celeste.

Ahead of Uruguay’s opening match against South Korea on Thursday, Facundo offered his opinion on who he feels are the favourites to lift the trophy this year.

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“There are loads of teams, but I think that at a World Cup, any team can win,” he said in an exclusive interview with club media.

“Of course, there are [the] strongest [teams], for example, France, England, Brazil, Argentina… Uruguay! They are [all] big teams.

“And, of course, we also have Portugal in the [group-stage]. I think each national team is very strong and has their power, their qualities and it’s going to be a very nice World Cup to watch.”

Uruguay has a deep history with the World Cup, with the country hosting the first-ever iteration of the competition in 1930 and La Celeste winning it twice.

Given the intrinsic link between his nation and the tournament, Pellistri says every member of Diego Alonso’s squad is determined to do Uruguay proud.

“Of course, it’s really important, the history,” he said.

“Today, the team has lots of good players and I think the Uruguay team is very prepared to fight for a place in the history of the World Cup again.”