Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani believes the "good feeling" from supporters can encourage the South American nation during the World Cup in Russia. The two-time champions fell short of their objectives in Brazil four years ago, falling at the Round of 16 stage, but Cavani says the growth shown by Uruguay in the years since has led to optimism. The team finished second to Brazil in the qualifying rouind and beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in their warm-up clash on Thursday, taking place just one week before their opening game of Group A against Egypt.
Speaking after the win against Uzbekistan, Cavani said confidence is high as they prepare to make their way to Russia. "I think all Uruguayans have a good feeling because we have grown as a team, and also because we have shown a lot as a team," he told reporters. "People have recognised that over time. I think this good feeling is important because we can feel it from the pitch and sometimes that is what we need to give that little extra in certain moments."
Cavani started Uruguay's match in Montevideo on Thursday, where goals from Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Luis Suárez and José María Giménez saw Óscar Tabarez's side ease to victory.
Uruguay have now won three games in a row heading into the World Cup and have lost just once in their previous nine matches. The Celeste begin their World Cup campaign on 15 June against Egypt, tackling Saudi Arabia five days later before finishing Group A against hosts Russia.