World Cup: Costa Rica assistant Paulo Wanchope wants to cause another surprise
Paulo Wanchope wants to emulate the 1990 Costa Rica team by reaching the second round of the World Cup.
Last Updated: 02/06/14 9:04am
Wanchope's side have been drawn alongside England, Italy and Uruguay in Group D for the World Cup and are rank outsiders to reach the last 16 stage.
However, after surprising Sweden and Scotland at Italia '90, Wanchope has confirmed that expectations are high in the Costa Rica squad for another upset.
"The country will stop for every game, even the first one against Uruguay, and everyone will watch those games against England and Italy," said Wanchope. "Everyone is waiting for that moment.
"Expectation is very high and the fact we're playing against good teams will help everyone be alert. The players are really looking forward to it.
"The world will expect England, Italy or Uruguay to get through from the group. If Costa Rica go through that will be a big surprise for everyone.
"Italy and England will be favourites but we want to get into the second stage. We had the example from 1990 in Italy when Costa Rica went through a difficult group against Scotland, Brazil and Sweden and we want to emulate that."
Former Derby and Manchester City forward Wanchope also believes that Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell is capable of making an impact at Arsenal.
Campbell joined Arsenal in 2011, but has yet to make a first-team appearance after spending the last three seasons on loan at Lorient, Real Betis and Olympiakos.
Wanchope added: "Joel needs to improve. He's a great talent, he is someone who can do something different in the game.
"We have spoken about his move to Arsenal and that he needs to be very strong to play in England.
"We know the talent, but the physical aspect he needs to work on. But he's a very skilful player, so he will blend in easier to Arsenal's style."