Selection mode. A new year began and new illusions abound within the Bicolor intern, after last Tuesday, January 4, training began under the command of Ricardo Gareca, thinking about the resumption of the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers and the friendly duels prior to the clashes before Colombia and Ecuador.
Players and technical command aim to get as many points as possible in the absence of four dates for the qualifying process to end.
In this note we review how those summoned come, the news of some selected and how positive infections by COVID-19 are going in La Blanquirroja.
In the last days of 2021, the national team announced 15 players called up from the local tournament for friendly matches. They were the first to be made official. Meanwhile, in the FPF they managed the permits so that the players who are active abroad receive the permission of their clubs to play with the Bicolor against Jamaica and Panama.
The first to arrive at La Videna for training were José Carvallo, Ángelo Campos, Aldo Corzo, Jhilmar Lora, Christian Ramos, Gianfranco Chávez, Renzo Garcés, Nilson Loyola, Josepmir Ballón, Jesús Castillo, Horacio Calcaterra, Christofer Gonzáles, Oslimg Mora, Álex Valera and Jefferson Farfán.
Later, the good news arrived and it was learned that Marcos López and Alexander Callens, players who participate in MLS, received permission from their clubs for friendly matches. The last one to confirm his presence in these matches was Pedro Gallese, Orlando City goalkeeper.
On the other hand, there were news from La Videna this Thursday, January 6, since it was known that Jairo Concha, Alianza Lima player, was called up for the duels before the Concacaf teams. The skilled Blue and White player could have his long-awaited debut with the Red and White.
Not everything is rosy in Videna a few weeks before the friendlies and clashes for the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. The bad news this Thursday, January 6, involves Renato Tapia, a permanent holder in the Peruvian team and fundamental in the scheme of Ricardo Gareca.
The midfielder was injured in the last game he played with Celta de Vigo in the Copa del Rey. The group of Balaídos published the medical report detailing the situation of the ‘Cabezón’.
“Renato Tapia suffered a sprain to the internal lateral ligament of his left knee during the duel between Atlético Baleares and Celta de Vigo,” the club highlighted on his Twitter account, without specifying how long he will be off the pitch.
On the other hand, the third wave of COVID-19 that has been hitting Peru is not alien to the Bicolor, since last Tuesday, January 4, it was known that there were two players who tested positive for COVID-19 discard tests.
On Monday, January 3, those summoned went through tests to rule out COVID-19, of which two footballers tested positive, as reported by RPP. They would belong to Sporting Cristal. In the FPF the identity of those affected was not revealed.
Paolo Guerrero, a figure in the Peruvian national team, will not be present in the friendly matches and the Qatar 2022 Qualifying Games, as he has been recovering from a knee injury and looking for a team, after leaving Inter in Porto Alegre weeks ago.
The ‘Predator’ is in the eye of the storm, after last Saturday, January 1, he celebrated his birthday with a party in a country house amid the positive infections that the country has been registering. This act was the target of criticism by fans and the media.
Much was expected from the response of Paolo Guerrero, who this Thursday, January 6, spoke on the outskirts of La Videna.
“If at any time I manifest myself, I will let you know,” said the Peruvian national team forward, referring to a journalist.
After Paolo Guerrero’s party took place, the press wanted to know Ricardo Gareca’s point of view about the celebrations that the ‘Predator’ made. Upon his arrival in the Peruvian capital, after spending the end of the year parties in his native Argentina, the ‘Tigre’ downplayed what was done by the historic scorer of the Peruvian team.
“You already have to let people live their lives, you give information that I think is good, they have to inform people, they don’t have to panic either. It is important that we begin to lead a normal life and each one is the owner of taking care of his life, let people solve his life, “he said as soon as he set foot on national territory last Tuesday, January 4.
On the other hand, the coach of the Bicolor was also spoke about what is coming in the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers and the position in which he is in the standings. The ‘Tigre’ was consulted on whether he chooses the playoff or the direct classification.
“Peru does not have to sign anything at all, it has to go out to win every game. Why do we have to sign something? We will try to win and qualify. That’s what all the selections will do”, Assured Ricardo Gareca.
The first friendly of the Peruvian team will be against Panama on Sunday, January 16 at 4:00 pm (Peruvian time) at the National Stadium. Four days later, it will be measured against Jamaica at 8:00 pm (Peruvian time) in the same venue.
After the two international friendlies, Blanquirroja will face a commitment for the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. On the 28th of the same month they will face Colombia in Barranquilla, in the Metropolitano, from 4:00 pm (Peruvian time).