Poyet taking in World Cup

by Kate Smith

Head coach soaking up atmosphere in Brazil.

After a short break following Sunderland’s dramatic end of season run-in Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has headed out to Brazil to take in this summer’s World cup competition.

The Uruguayan was at the opening game of the tournament to see the hosts overcome Croatia and admitted he’s enjoying the experience.

“It’s my first World Cup and I’m coming to see the top players perform on the biggest stage,” Poyet said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing Suarez, Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo.

“I hope this will be the World Cup of Messi. He’s rested, he didn’t play a lot, I think he’s going to be at his best.’’

The former Chelsea and Tottenham man picked up 26 caps for his national side but never made it to a World Cup with Uruguay.

He believes the current team are a side to keep an eye on during the competition.

“It’s a very difficult team to play against, you don’t want to play against Uruguay,’’ he said.

“Suarez is unique; he had an incredible season at Liverpool, I just hope he doesn’t take a big risk. It’s important that he’s 100 per cent fit.

“If Luis Suarez is ok and it clicks up front, we will be dangerous.”