No margin for error. If Peru wants to be in Qatar 2022, it must face each game as a final and, in that sense, go out to win whatever the rival and the scenario. Today is the turn of an unbeatable Ecuador at home and at the height of Quito, an epic for the qualifying rounds.
Except for unexpected last minute changes, Ricardo Gareca already has his warriors to face his rival: Gallese; Advíncula, Ramos, Abram, López; Peña, Tapia, Yotún; Carrillo, Lapadula, Cave.
The 4-3-3 drawing will be the answer to the traditional 4-4-2 of Gustavo Alfaro playing at home, which implies that Peru is a short and compact team but, mainly, that it is not organized when it comes out to press the exit of rival.
In this Round, the Peruvian team has been many times unbalanced in organization and defensive transition, situations that can cost dearly against Ecuador.
With Sergio Peña at the wheel instead of Pedro Aquino, Gareca’s intention seems very clear: to defend himself with the ball and, mainly, to have greater creativity in the search to penetrate the rival defense either in organized attack or transition.
The entry of Gianluca Lapadula means another variant for Peru. Benevento 9 is more of a mobile attacker than a static one, so his unchecking points to be key against Ecuador, in addition to generating spaces that players like Carrillo and Peña should take advantage of.