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Ricardo Gareca pleased with postponement of World Cup qualifiers


Peru national team coach Ricardo Gareca has said that it is a major relief that the World Cup qualifiers have been postponed and it would significantly help the South American team. The delay to the start of the qualifiers would have been a disaster for the national team in other conditions, as they were in a very good condition coming into the qualifiers. Peru were able to do well at the World Cup 2018 by qualifying for the competition, while the team also finished as the runner-up in the recent Copa America.

Due to the postponement of the South American tournament until October at the latest is a relief since it would give enough time for the Peruvian players to start in the qualification in a strong manner. This would potentially place them at an advantage compared to the likes of Brazil and Paraguay. These teams are expected to be in a physically better shape, but Peru will need a lot of tactical advantage. A number of leagues have started their football while others have been unable to do so due to the coronavirus pandemic. For those who are playing in the MLS and Mexican leagues, the physical condition will be better. However, those playing in the domestic leagues will suffer due to the lack of regular football.
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Vidal insists he is happy Barcelona despite the regular speculation

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal has insisted that he is very happy at the club despite the regular speculation over his future. The Chile international has been with the Blaugrana since the summer of 2018 and he has bagged nine goals and 10 assists from 84 appearances across all competitions. He has another 13 months remaining on his contract but reports have recently claimed that he could be offered as a makeweight to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan.

Amidst this, Vidal has clarified that he is comfortable at the Camp Nou and he wants to continue with the club, he told: “I am very happy and comfortable in Barcelona, of course, I want to continue. Now I am more prepared than ever. There is a good group and I have great friends in the dressing room. I feel very well physically, better than ever. In all my career I never had so much time to prepare myself. We made a plan to the maximum to extend my career as much as possible. I feel prepared for what is coming, both the Champions League and La Liga.”
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The World football governing body FIFA have postponed the match between Paraguay and Peru. The world cup qualifier was slated for March, but the match has been postponed till further notice. Alongside the match between Paraguay and Peru, all qualifiers slated for the month of March have also been shifted to later dates.

This is in light of the breakout of CONVID19. The breakout has put most domestic league matches on hold. European domestic teams are on hold and only a few are still active while some others play behind closed doors.

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Peru’s Friendly with Chile Stands Cancelled

Peru’s national team coach Ricardo Gareca claims that there are no issues surrounding the cancellation of a friendly match with Chile. It was expected that Peru would conclude 2019 with a friendly match against Chile at home. This was supposed to take place just a few days after the friendly against Colombia. However, a unanimous decision has been taken to scrap this game so that the team will conclude the campaign with a 1-0 loss against Colombia. Alfredo Morelos came up with a late goal in such a way that Peru were not able to react.

However, the team has achieved some big successes in recent months. After beating Chile 3-0 back in July, Peru managed to create a major shock in world football after overcoming Brazil with a 1-0 win back in September. Recent form for the team, however, has not been so great and the loss against Colombia is a testament to this status. Ironically, the win over Brazil in September is the only success for team in the last six games. It was a surprise that Peru did not try to find a replacement once Chile pulled out of the friendly. The lack of a friendly match would mean good news for some of the established players within the national team, since they could do with some rest.
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Chile have pulled out of their friendly game against Peru due to the current unrest facing the country. The countries football federation made an announcement on its website revealing that the team had decided not to play the friendly match in Peru.

It is understood that a team meeting was held in which the decision to forfeit the game was taken by the squad and the coaching staff.  The Chilean FA also revealed that the players had been released and allowed to return to their clubs.

There had been wild speculations whether the game would hold with a section of local media claiming that the players should boycott the game. Veteran midfielder Charles Aranguiz had revealed that the game should not be played amid the unrest and it seems this has been taken into account.

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Tite Expects Feeling of Revenge from Peru

Brazil manager Tite has revealed that he will not hold discussions with Neymar about the latter’s career. Neymar’s career has had a turbulent period with the striker failing to secure a return back to Barcelona. As a result, he has the difficult job of staying at PSG, a club where he has lost a number of supporters with his summer antiques. Despite not starting a match for his club, Neymar was included in the Brazil squad for the game against Colombia in the recent international friendly. The superstar ended up scoring in the 2-2 draw and these were his first goals of the season. It is highly anticipated that Neymar will continue in the starting role for the game against Peru.

This international friendly will be a rematch of the recent Copa America final. The 27-year-old will be the player to watch in the match. He has come up with 61 goals for Brazil and it is just one shy of the tally held by Ronaldo, who has 62 goals. However, Neymar has still a long way to go before he catches Pele, who is the all-time leading scorer for the national team with 77 goals. Meanwhile, Brazil defender Thiago Silva expressed his delight with Neymar ending up at PSG for another season. Continue reading “Tite Expects Feeling of Revenge from Peru”

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Peru head coach optimistic about the country’s footballing progress

Peru head coach Ricardo Gareca has said that there are plenty of positives for the South American nation after their strong performance in the recent Copa America tournament. Peru were ranked outsiders to secure continental glory for the summer but they managed to surprise many as they reached up to the final, where they suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Brazil.

Speaking to reporters, Gareca suggested that Peru should be optimistic about the future, given they have made progress in the forward direction over the past few years, he quipped: “The most important thing is to realize that we have improved over time. We are on the right track despite some setbacks, and we have to stay on this path.”
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Arsenal are reportedly interested in the signing of Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout according to reports in Italy. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a renaissance in Italy after struggling at Aston Villa during his time in England. He has developed into an excellent and sturdy midfielder for the Florence outfit since his move two seasons ago.

Arsenal are limited with the amount that they can spend in the transfer window and Veretout is seen as an affordable option for the club.  Peru defender Christian Ramos has also been touted with a move to the Emirates. Continue reading “VERETOUT IS AN OPTION”

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Feynoord are certain of finishing third in the Dutch league after their convincing win at NAC Breda. The dutch giants were able to put four goals past the league’s bottom side with a brace from Jens Toornstra and goals from Jeremiah St Juste and Dylan Vente.

Breda needed to win to have any hopes of avoiding relegation but fell to the worst start as thery found themselves behind in the 11th minute. St Juste knocking it home from close range on his 100th league appearance.

Feynoord continued to press the home side backwards and Vente playing as a result of the absence of first team forwards Nicolai Jorgensen and Robin Van Persie doubled their lead. The forward struck from distance after a poor mistake from goalkeeper Benjamin Van  leer.

The Break came as a respite for the home team as they looked to be on the ropes. However despite some promising attacks in the second half Feynoord proved too strong with a goal in the 66th minute to put a dagger into the home side.

Toornstra struck with a well placed header following a fine move from the team which led to the goal. He struck his second some few minutes later with a sweet freekick that gave the opposition stopper no chance.

The game also saw Feynoord stopper Kenneth Vermeer completing a milestone of 200 eredivisie appearances with a clean sheet. Meanwhile Peruvian midfielder Renato Tapia missed the game as a result of injury.

In what is to be Giovanni Van Bronchorst last season at the club he has secured a place in Europe which is the minimum for a club of their stature. Meanwhile Breda have to win their remaining two games and hope for relegation rivals Exclesior to lose theirs to have any chance of beating the drop.

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Ricardo Gareca Concerned about Defensive Performances Ahead of Copa America

Ricardo Gareca has opened up on the problems faced by the Peruvian national team ahead of the 2019 Copa America. The Argentine has been in charge of Peru since 2015 and he has been able to make a strong impression in terms of overall results so far in the job. Peru have not been involved in a competitive game since their World Cup 2018 concluded with a group stage victory against Australia. Still, it is a major positive for the national team to be involved in such competitions. There is great expectation from Peru ahead of the 2019 Copa America.

However,Gareca has identified defensive problems as one of the areas to improve before the start of the tournament. Peru have been able to manage one clean sheet in the last six matches and this came against Chile in a friendly match back in October. Apart from the game against United States and Chile, Peru have been conceding goals in big numbers with each match witnessing at least over 1.5 goals on average from the opposition.Gareca says that Peru will have to improve the defensive record in order to have any chance of succeeding at the Copa America, which starts in June with a group match against Venezuela.

Gareca has his work cut out at this tournament since Peru are in the same group involving Brazil, who happen to be the final group opponents at this tournament.“Post-World we made a goal to Holland, to Germany, three to Chile, the United States and Costa Rica, it’s not a worry the lack of goal, we have variations to get it, I’m worried about having conceded so many goals. it does not manage to be solid,” said Gareca. Peru have the opportunity to improve the defensive record in the final two friendlies – against Paraguay and El Salvador – before the tournament.