The Peruvian National Team announced on their social networks that Alexander Callens will miss the match against Venezuela due to injury. Without a doubt, an important absence in defense considering the good performance of the New York City footballer in Ricardo Gareca’s cast. However, the Argentine strategist is already analyzing options in training to form a new rear.
The first option for Ricardo Gareca in defense is Luis Abram who entered the game against Bolivia instead of Alexander Callens who was injured. Even, both players are called to compete for the position of central left. In addition, the profile helped them and at the club level they have been performing well.
It should be noted that Luis Abram was a starter in the Peruvian National Team for the start of the Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022. The defender of Granada from Spain has the confidence of Ricardo Gareca and will surely be called to play the crucial game against Venezuela.
On the other hand, in a possible rethinking to start the game, Ricardo Gareca could use Carlos Zambrano. Undoubtedly, the Boca Juniors player usually plays as a center-back on the right, but his characteristics allow him to give the Peruvian National Team an exit with a dominated ball. Therefore, if Zambrano plays in defense, it could be that two centrals with the same profile can start the actions.
How would the defense be distributed? Christian Ramos, very questioned at the time for his performance, showed in these last matches that he won the position and is immovable in the Peruvian National Team. Therefore, Carlos Zambrano would have to play on the left to have a defense with a good passing game and exit to seek elaboration.