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To the limit or little activity?: the minutes with which the possible eleven of Peru will arrive at the playoffs

To the limit or little activity?: the minutes with which the possible eleven of Peru will arrive at the playoffs

To the limit or little activity?: the minutes with which the possible eleven of Peru will arrive at the playoffs

The dreams and hopes of millions of Peruvians have already landed in Barcelona. In that distant land, thousands of kilometers away, the National selection will refine the last details to face the long-awaited international playoff on June 13 with its main weapons, which will need to be sharpened -some more than others- in these two previous weeks.

Already from this Tuesday the national cast enters with the 28 summoned in Sant Cugat, the point chosen for the practices in Barcelona. On Monday night, Christian Cueva and André Carrillo arrived as the last to join the concentration.

Now, it is important to take into account the wear and tear that each player of the Peruvian team has had since the last game played against Paraguay on March 29 of this year. Two months have passed since then and some will reach the playoffs with more activity than others.

Therefore, in this note we recount the 6,342 minutes total who has accumulated, so far, the possible eleven of the ‘Blanquirroja’ for the playoffs. It is important to point out that the starting line-up that Ricardo Gareca frequently uses is already known by heart: Gallese in the goal; Advíncula, Zambrano (Ramos), Callens and Trauco in defense; Tapia, Yotún and Peña in the middle; Carrillo, Cueva and Lapadula occupying the attack positions.

The goalkeeper

Since the last duel with the Peruvian national team diver, our current captain, Pedro Gallese, has played nine games for Orlando City in MLS. All as headline and all from start to finish. The national goalkeeper has accumulated 810 minutes, which will help him a lot to be in rhythm for the playoffs.

It should be noted that his last game was on Saturday night in his team’s 3-1 loss to Dallas. As for the balance, Gallese has managed to keep his goal clean three times and has conceded 17 goals in those nine matches.

Pedro Gallese is the captain of the Peruvian national team |  Photo: AFP

The defense

This area of ​​Gareca’s scheme is the one that has had the most action since the end of the Qualifiers. In fact, Luis Advíncula is the national team player with the most minutes added on the pitch (1,072 minutes) during the two months that have passed.

‘Luchito’, who was crowned champion of the Professional League Cup with Boca Juniors, has played a total of 12 games (only one incomplete), which is divided into seven matches in the local tournament and five in the Copa Libertadores. The great wear and tear on him has pushed him to the limit, suffering a muscle tear, which has put him in doubt for the playoffs. But he, like everyone else, trusts that he will be able to reach the transcendental duel.

As to Carlos Zambrano, who raised the trophy with Advíncula in Boca, has totaled 552 minutes on the pitch, after the seven games he has played in the last half (four in the Copa Libertadores and three in the Argentine league). In those games, he has been able to contribute with an assist.

Luis Advíncula is the player with the most minutes played since the last game of the Peruvian national team |  Photo: GEC

alexander callens He is the second most active player in the national team since that March 29. The New York City defender has accumulated 990 minutes, which can be summed up in 11 games -nine in the MLS and two in the Concachampions- in which he has scored two goals.

Finally, to complete the rear, Miguel Trauco recovered in this last time the continuity that it so much needed. The left-back has made six appearances for Saint-Étienne, two of them in Ligue 1 promotion, which he ultimately lost this weekend. The descent will be somewhat difficult to digest, but at least the Tarapotino will reach the playoffs with 572 minutes of support.

the steering wheel

In this region, the one that has caused most concern due to its lack of activity has been Renato Tapia. The 26-year-old pivot lost prominence at Celta de Vigo and in these two months he has only accumulated 205 minutes. This is because, he mostly played a substitute role in his team: he only played one full game out of the six he played.

Who has recovered continuity is Yoshimar Yotun. Although at the beginning of the year he was off the field for not having a club, now he is one of the players who will arrive with the most minutes in the playoffs (898). ‘Yoshi’ has played five matches in the Copa Libertadores and six in Liga 1 with Sporting Cristal, having scored a goal.

Photo: FPF

Finally, Sergio Pena He will have a backup of 587 minutes played with Malmö FF in all this time. The 26-year-old midfielder has made seven appearances in the Swedish First Division, all as a starter, and also recently played in the Swedish Cup final, winning that tournament.

The attack

Initially, this area was the one that caused Ricardo Gareca the most concern, but now the outlook has become a little more hopeful. It happens that Gianluca Lapadula was once again the protagonist with Benevento and André Carrillo recovered from his injury.

After a month off the pitch with Benevento, Lapadula He returned to action on the final date of Series B and later was the protagonist in the promotion playoffs. He played only four games, in which he accumulated 359 minutes. His lack of activity does not distress him, because the important thing was that he returned to play and, in addition, he had a positive balance of three goals, which will motivate him to continue scoring with the national team.

Photo: AFP

Andre Carrillo, for his part, did go through quite an adverse time, staying away from the courts for two full months after the injury he suffered against Uruguay in Montevideo (March 24). Fortunately, the ‘Culebra’ managed to recover in time, he was included in the squad for the weekend’s match with Al-Hilal and played 27 minutes. He will now have to work these days to recover the best competitive rhythm for the playoffs.

As to christian cavein addition to training alongside José Neyra, in recent weeks he has been a participant in three games with Al-Fateh, accumulating 270 valuable minutes to get on point with the national team.

Playergames playedMinutes
Luis Advincula121,072 minutes
alexander callenseleven990 minutes
Yoshimar Yotuneleven898 minutes
Pedro Gallese9810 minutes
Sergio Pena8587 minutes
Miguel Trauco9572 minutes
Carlos Zambrano7552 minutes
Gianluca Lapadula4359 minutes
christian cave3270 minutes
Renato Tapia6205 minutes
Andre Carrillo127 minutes

Source: Elcomercio

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