He loves good football and likes to say that the Uruguayan national team is a "spoiler" team, as he showed at Maracanã in 1950. He is in no hurry to answer questions and loves
talk about Federico Valverde, the new pearl of Real Madrid and to whom he gave the alternative at La Celeste.
At 72, Oscar Washington Tabárez, Uruguay's coach since 2006, thinks the local tournament is not meant to measure the quality of his country's figures, that individualities are good for improving a team game and that personal relationships are very important. It is important to organize a group. He welcomes Efe for an interview at the Celeste Complex on the outskirts of Montevideo, and a great admirer of Pep Guardiola confesses that he felt modest when the Manchester City manager recently called him "one of the best coaches in the team's history." soccer ".
What is the balance of this 2019 and what is the outlook for 2020, the year of the start of the World Cup qualifiers and the Copa America race?
As for competitions, the most relevant was the Copa America (from Brazil). We didn't get where we could, but sometimes we made the size and saw things that are part of the evolution, and we continue, especially in the second half, with matches already scheduled (FIFA dates). We could see the collective evolution of the team, based on the individualities that the team has. Some are very young and are evolving in a positive way. Others are references, which are from the first hour. March is 14 years old
since this process began. Individualities are the potential of the team, but the collective aspects of the game and the relationship, communication, values that are upheld when achieved make the team stronger than individualities. Now we have what, for me, is the toughest, least recognized competition, because no one remembers who was the first or second in the draw. The important thing is to go to the World Cup. For any country to be in a World Cup is to participate in an important moment of distinction not only for the team, but for the country, and we are already trying to prepare in this regard. It is a year of positive conclusions.
You mention the word evolution a lot. This selection has been growing and incorporating new generations of soccer players. What analysis do you do about it?
This is analyzed since we made the project. Fortunately, most things were done. We soccer players are a country of migrant soccer players. Every time they leave more, I don't know the amount, it makes me sad. Each time they leave more and more and more early. It is clear that local soccer media is not a yardstick for defining whether a player is international or not. It needs to go through other filters, and these are matches with a higher level of demand. In the center of Europe is the elite of professional football from the point
economic, organizational and ability to bring the best players in the world. The evolutionary step they take in their teams is very important. To give an example, the most graphic, the most obvious, Federico Valverde. But also Rodrigo Bentancur. These developments make them better players and we try to take advantage of it collectively.
I was just going to ask about Valverde's growth at Real Madrid after you gave him the alternative in the national team …
This has its history. Since we were 13 years old here in the Complex, we've seen what it was and I remember it. He was much smaller, his communication was minimal, a barely audible voice, an almost pathological shyness. His profile was very respected, but we pointed to something else. Talent always had it. He showed things about understanding the game that seemed impossible to a 14-year-old boy. He owes it to his father and mother, his genes, more than any coach. After he progressed, he was in Castilla and now has (Zinedine) Zidane, one of the best players I've ever seen in history. How important is it to start evolving in this environment. Do not forget that you are 21 years old, Bentancur 22 years …
It still has a lot to grow, therefore.
I don't believe that Valverde's level is this and he stays there. It's up to him, a lot of things, but we can't plan for the future when the protagonist of the future is the player himself, and the big changes occur when the player makes sense of what the path is. Federico is a great person, and when we see that evolution puts him in the way of giving him certain opportunities, they are given. There are other players who may not be as notorious or impactful as the appearances of Brian Lozano, who plays in Mexico, or Matías Viña, in the local environment.
Next week there will be a classic in Spain, with a duel of Valverde-Luis Suárez. How does a remote trainer live this?
It makes me very happy. We have some parameters when we play: game, result and behavior. These are the three parameters you need to focus on. Not long ago (Diego) faced Godín and Suárez, both with great competitive spirit, did as in the "sting" that we do here, as we say, that plays like it's life. They fight, they argue, they are competitive. This may worry me a little, but especially for Federico, the first classic (as a starter) should be very important to him. I think he should have a lot of help dealing with the previous moments, his teammates, coaches, environmental people, the experience he had with the senior of the national team … And so he is playing. There you will have no problem showing your potentials.
You have a reputation for knowing the players very well. What would you say were your virtues and shortcomings as a coach?
I have difficulty talking about myself. Sometimes you say things you don't have to say, I recognize (from some anger in the interviews), I'm passionate about football. I don't consider myself coaches who need to say good things the next day
Coach who is or could be. It bothers me to talk about myself. I talk about the things I believe in, the concepts I hold, which I work with … I don't have much time for the players, it's only a few days, the link I want to make with the players and the environment in Uruguay, especially with The selection has always been very important for the inhabitants of this country. Like a book by Mario Benedetti's "Spoiler" in football, we were a little spoiler. Now we must aim to be difficult for our rivals and what we are reaching. I don't consider myself the best (coach); that's why I don't
I compare because it would be far behind. I don't have the vocation to be obsessive like great coaches who have a sense of perfection that makes them obsessive about certain things and relegating others. At this point I learned the things that fit me for football in my life or the way I saw football as a child out of passion. There are many ways to do things and they can be incorporated without being 10 hours a day in front of a TV. I don't do it I feel very happy when I can compete with such different people and keep up.
I feel bad when I lose and someone hits me.
Do you consider a withdrawal?
Now I can't answer, but I'm closer to the end than the beginning and you know why I won't answer? Because when a coach announces that he is leaving, he brings problems to the team. There is no need to say obvious things, there are indications, no need to say that. It's much more serious to say that I'm leaving because it influences the players. I think living or being contemporary with coaches so different from me should be grateful to football. I appreciate having personally met Pelé, being a contemporary of (Diego) Maradona and (Lionel) Messi, of facing them as a coach and they were soccer players,
and then Maradona as Argentina coach. This is something that when you are not in football, you already have it and when you go to the souvenir house, not to stay there, but to see how things are, you can think "pah, it was like this" and don't be in that. While someone is working, it is wrong to go back and stay in the past and not learn.