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TFC right-back Richie Laryea had some very bold words to say about Canada’s chances at the FIFA World Cup next month.
Despite the fact that Canada will be the lowest-ranked team in their group, Laryea said the Canadians are going into the tournament to win, not as tourists. In the recent FIFA rankings, Canada climbed two places to 41. The three other nations in Canada’s group are Belgium (second), Croatia (12th) and Morocco (22).
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Even though Canada lost to Uruguay 2-0 on Sept. 27 (after defeating Qatar 2-0 on Sept. 23), Laryea said the Uruguay match showed that they can play and compete against the best teams in the world.
“I feel like a lot of people think that we’re maybe going to shy away from (the challenge) and they might see a different type of Canada on display (in Qatar),” said Laryea. “But I think it’s going to be the complete opposite. It’s going to be the same bright, energetic team that we’ve been from Day 1. It’s going to be exciting. I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people and I think the most important thing is we have a big belief within the group and we know we can go there and make it out of the group (stage) and really make a push for this thing. Of course, we’re playing against good teams but if we want to get this country to where it needs to be as a footballing country you need to be able to go out and beat the best teams in the world. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”