It's not just Guerrero: Peru, Brazil's next rival, has ties and good co-operatives | american cup



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That Paolo Guerrero is the greatest name of the Peruvian national team the Brazilian fans already know. But the 9th shirt is far from being the solitary highlight of Brazil's next opponent in the Copa America. In the game that is worth the classification for the quarterfinals and also the leadership of group A, Saturday, at 16h (Brasília), at the Corinthians Arena, Tite's team will face a rival who has won, in recent years, good assistants, and confidence under the command of Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca, who has been in charge for four years.

– Gareca changed the selection chip. Since taking over the team, he has always shown optimism in interviews, saying he believed in the quality of Peruvian players. Before, we accepted the defeats naturally, and today the team believes that it is possible to win – observed the Peruvian journalist José Lara, from Trio's Diary in Lima.

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Guerrero and his companions in the match between Peru and Bolivia, in Maracanã - Photo: REUTERS / Ricardo MoraesGuerrero and his companions in the match between Peru and Bolivia, in Maracanã - Photo: REUTERS / Ricardo Moraes

Guerrero and his companions in the match between Peru and Bolivia, in Maracanã – Photo: REUTERS / Ricardo Moraes

One of the strengths of the Peruvian team is the maintenance of the base. Of the 11 starters in a 3-1 win over Bolivia in Maracanã, only Zambrano and Abram were not in the 2018 World Cup in Russia when Peru ended a 36-year fast without a World Cup. An ostracism that does not match the confident and committed team led by Gareca, who approved of the way the Peruvians built the winning victory on Tuesday.

"The most important of all is that we were calm, we were playing in a hurry, at first, we needed a little more precision, we may be inaccurate at some point, but I've never seen them in fear, they're very safe players, , Gareca said in the post-match press conference.

+ Calca from this calm after turning over Bolivia

Against Bolivia, Peru showed why it is on another level in South American football. Always accustomed to completing, with Bolivia and Venezuela, the continent's trio of misadventures, now the Peruvian national team is favored by the two rivals, coincidentally opponents in group A of this Copa America.

If they did not beat Venezuela in their debut 0-0 draw in Porto Alegre, it was not because they lacked a leading role. With more possession (52%), Peru had 15 finals to the goal of Fariñez, with seven clear chances. Two of them stopped in the net, in goals canceled with the aid of the VAR.

On Tuesday, he dominated the game against Bolivia when he took the penalty kick from Marcelo Moreno, but showed maturity to turn the score and won with authority (58% possession, 16 finalizations and nine clear chances of goal). Old known for the Brazilian crowd, Guerrero shone with a goal, dribbling goalkeeper Lampe, and the cross for Farfán to enlarge. The striker of the Internacional, ex-Flamengo and Corinthians, left ovacionado and was chosen the best of the game. But the Peruvian national team presented other qualities besides its captain and greater idol.

Farfán goal detail on Peru's victory over Bolivia - Photo: REUTERS / Sergio MoraesFarfán goal detail on Peru's victory over Bolivia - Photo: REUTERS / Sergio Moraes

Farfán goal detail on Peru's victory over Bolivia – Photo: REUTERS / Sergio Moraes

For example, good and reliable co-ordinators. Beginning with the pair that Guerrero is fighting in the attack: Cueva, ex-São Paulo and currently in Santos, and veteran Farfán, 34. With boyish lead in the right-back header of the second goal against Bolivia, Farfán showed that he is recovering the rhythm after a muscle injury that left him outside the preparatory friendly. In both games of the America's Cup, the player who finished more often – yes, more than Guerrero -, with eight conclusions on goal (four in each match).

Cueva, challenged in Brazil, is the man of confidence of Gareca, and the player who most played for the Peruvian team since the Argentine took over the team in February 2015: 52 of the 57 games with the coach. Flores, who entered the second half and closed this Tuesday's victory with a goal, is another offensive option, as is Carrillo, another former starter who has been on the bench against Bolivia.

– The collective is the strength of this team. Cueva and Farfán are pillars of the team, in addition to Guerrero. The sides are strong, both Advíncula and Trauco, and the right side of the attack is a very fast sector, either with Polo or with Carrillo – commented the Peruvian journalist Julio Vizcarra of the newspaper El Comercio.

– Even players who do not play much in their club, like Trauco in Flamengo, or who are not in good phase have the confidence of Gareca and grow when they wear the shirt of the selection, completed Jose Lara.

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