[World Cup] Key Player Review: Costa Rica – Keylor Navas

Costa Rica would have been one of the most cautious, defensive-minded sides at this World Cup regardless of their draw, but in the hugely difficult Group D—against three previous winners of the competition—they will shut up shop and play on the counter-attack.

Even in qualification, one of Costa Rica’s weaknesses was their tendency to invite too much pressure—they are vulnerable in the channels while the centre-backs aren’t particularly effective at clearing crosses.

Luckily, they have a brilliant, all-action goalkeeper. Navas has become highly rated at Levante over the last couple of seasons, and while not the tallest, he possesses a great spring that might be needed when dealing with both crosses and shots.



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