Uruguay coach makes honest admission after Copa America exit

Jefferson Lerma netted the winner as 10-man Colombia registered a 1-0 victory against Uruguay

By Web Desk
July 11, 2024
Uruguay coach Marcelo Bielsa. - AFP

Uruguay coach Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he should be the one taking responsibility for Wednesday's Copa America semi-final defeat since his side had more talent in their ranks than Colombia.

Jefferson Lerma netted the winner as 10-man Colombia registered a 1-0 victory against Uruguay at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina to qualify for Sunday's final.

Uruguay, 15-time champions, were one of the top contenders for the trophy and beat hosts United States and five-time World Cup champions Brazil on their way to the last four.

"Uruguay was in a clear condition to win this match if you assess the individual talent in each squad," Bielsa told reporters.

"I manage the team that, in my opinion, had the stronger individual talent vis-à-vis the opponent, and we weren't able to make the difference that I thought we were going to make if you compared both formations.

"I am personally liable for not achieving the result, despite having these players that were capable of being superior than the opponent.

"We were not able to seize our extra man advantage, and when a team wins with less individual talent, logically, the manager that is coaching the weaker team shows that he is superior than the coach that had the best players."

Uruguay had many opportunities to find the back of the net in the first half but didn’t threaten much after Colombia's Daniel Munoz was sent off just before halftime.

"The first half, even if we didn't dominate possession, it was very even, and we should have made the difference. With one man down in the second half for Colombia, the match was completely interrupted," Bielsa said.

"It was constantly start and stop. We should have created more chances and caused damage to the opponent. In the last minutes, they could have scored because they had clear chances.

"But we tried every possible way, every possible path."

Uruguay will lock horns with Canada in the third-place playoff match on Saturday.