The men national football team in Peru are preparing for friendlies lined up prior the Copa America coming up this summer.

The team has had a shambolic form in the world Cup qualifying campaign in the CONMEBOL group. Of the ten teams vying for a place at the World Cup finals, Peru lie in 8th position after garnering just four points from the six games played so far.

The team fought hard against Chile but lost at home 3-4 late last year. The loss propelled the team in the next game against Paraguay where they finished with the three points courtesy of a lone goal at home. They faced the last World Cup host, Brazil next but fell to a three nil defeat in an away match that felt the team scarred. They eventually forced a draw against Venezuela during the March international break but Luiz Suarez and Edison Cavani ran riot in the recent victory of Uruguay against the Peruvian side.

The men’s national team in Peru would now focus on the planet friendlies aginst Trinidad and Tobago, and El Salvador next month. This will be in preparation for the Copa America billed to start in June.

During the summer tournament, Peru would face off with Haiti, CONMEBOL Second-placed team, Ecuador, and the struggling Brazilian national team who have only picked nine points in the six matches played so far in the World Cup Qualifiers.

There have been recent criticisms of the national team side, especially as they rarely threatened in attacks. Their last game against Uruguay saw the team perpetually defending all through. The only clear chance was with Andy Polo and he fired just wide. The coach says he hopes to use the friendlies as a warm up in trying new things in attack.