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Ricardo Gareca has two main memories of that Colombian team, which remains the pending account in his six years as coach of Peru (seven games and no win): his power on the wings and the difficulty to overcome ‘9’ Duván Zapata. To correct and add, the ‘Tiger’ will have to leave behind some tactical customs. In tonight’s game for the fifth date of the Playoffs, Gareca wants to show that he is willing to change.
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It is an extreme moment for Peru and the technician of the blanquirroja understands that an urgent measure is to reinforce the bands, especially by the right sector. For this, the trust will be ratified to Aldo Corzo –The same one who put his face to provoke the free kick that we celebrate the most against the coffee growers–, who will once again occupy the position of right-back. As support, the man from the ‘U’ will have his eternal competition. Luis Advíncula He was also part of the eleven rehearsed yesterday at the Videna. Rayo Vallecano’s man will have the double function of defense and attack.
To weaken the options of the Colombian attackers, Gareca has opted for the good present of Luis Abram and for the World Cup experience of Christian Ramos, renamed “the trusted defender” by the ever-present Daniel Peredo, after his decisive goal against New Zealand in the playoffs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Gallese in the goal, Trauco on the left and Yotún with Tapia in the middle have the undisputed label in today’s starting eleven. Above, Cueva will once again be the hitch to look for dangerous partnerships with Paolo Guerrero and on the left he will bet on the most regular of the rugged start of Qualifying: André Carrillo.
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Yes, Gareca it can (and should) change. You have done it before and there is no reason not to do it now. Let us remember that the qualification to Russia could be gestated, among other things, due to the renewal that the ‘Tiger’ proposed in the squad in mid-2016 (and that it was consolidated in the Copa América Centenario). The difference with what you could propose today is that there is less novelty in the modifications. Aldo Corzo Y Christian Ramos They have already been part of the starting teams many times and have accumulated many minutes in these Gareca processes. The two are also World Cup players and Gareca understands that this extreme hour also requires a dose of experience and accumulated miles on the field of play.
The Advíncula thing is not a tactical revolution either because the Rayo Vallecano player began his football career as a forward. He was extreme and up to ‘9’ in his first four years playing in the First Division. Just in 2012, with Roberto Mosquera as Cristal’s coach, the ‘Rayo’ consolidated as a winger.
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Ricardo Gareca Many times he has left us feeling that he is a coach who modifies little, who respects his universe of players a lot. But if we do a cold analysis we will find that the Argentine coach has made modifications even in the most decisive moments of his career as a Peru coach. In 2017, after the first leg for the playoff game against New Zealand. For the return to Lima, with the obligation to win to qualify for the World Cup, Gareca sent André Carrillo, Yoshimar Yotún and Corzo himself to the bank in Lima. Players like Andy Polo and Raúl Ruidíaz started the unforgettable 2-0 on that night.
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As important replacement options, for this discard meeting with the coffee growers, Pedro Aquino appears in the middle and Sergio Peña at the wheel or attack. Peru needs to win and take over any gambling initiative. But the 10 goals received in four games make noise in the thought of the ‘Tiger‘, who before doing harm prefers to take care of the zero. And then the talent of yours will provide.
It will not be easy for Peru to add, despite the urgency. the same Duvan Zapata, which caused us so many shocks in the 2017 Qualifying match, is an immovable card in the attack of the new Colombian coach, Reinaldo Rueda. And let’s not rule out that he may be accompanied by Luis Muriel, his accomplice in the successful Italian Atalanta.
Peru appears in the basement of the table with a point in four encounters, while Colombia he has remained with four units after two tremendous defeats against Ecuador and Uruguay. All this precipitated the departure of the Portuguese Carlos Queiróz; while in red and white it still looks immovable. Peru wants to believe again and Colombia wants to reinvent itself to be the winning team it once was. Both teams arrive with urgent urgencies.
Almost four years have passed since the so-called “Pact of Lima”, that inoffensive closure of the party of Playoffs with Colombia already classified to Russia 2018 and with Peru in the repechage. The last five minutes in that October 2017 was a friendly without goals. Despite the criticism, that night, at the end of the 90-minute countdown, there was a happy ending for both of them. Tonight, we all know that it won’t be like that.
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