And in this increasingly globalised football market this battle can be seen in all varying different locations and circumstances; even in Bursa, Turkey as Spain and Uruguay’s Under-20’s go toe-to-toe in the World Championships.
Uruguay have in their ranks the only signing so far of the David Moyes Manchester United era; right-back Guillermo Varela.
Spain have in opposition Liverpool’s highly-rated gyro of a creative midfielder Suso in theirs and the two had the chance to gain a one up on each other ahead of the new season.
Varela is an undoubted starter for Uruguay but Suso certainly struggles to get football for his nation by comparison.
But he was given the nod for this game ahead of Getafe attacker Paco Alcacer.
But unfortunately for those who wanted to see the pair properly face off Suso was not used on the left-wing; spending the majority of the game just behind the strikers with Jese Rodriguez and Gerard Deulofeu preferred out wide.
But how did the pair get on.
Varela is definitely a talent; but it is a rather rough diamond to polish.
Fit and fast he is dynamic going forward and has an excellent recovery tackle in his locker as well. He did a good job of keeping Jese, the tournaments star performer, quiet throughout.
But his decision making in both the attacking and defensive third certainly needs work. He dived into tackles and chose the wrong option when in support of the attack; so that is an area that will certainly require work.
Suso was quiet; certainly not at his best with a largely tame display in the middle of the pitch that was fragmented only by a couple of rasping efforts from far out and the occasional cute touch; but he was outshone by Oliver of Atletico Madrid.
At the end of the day it was Uruguay and Varela who had the last laugh as Felipe Avenatti’s crushing header proved the difference in what was a tight affair; taking them into a semi-final against either Iraq or South Korea.
And giving United the bragging rights over Liverpool in regards to Varela and Suso.
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