Lima, November 21, 2020Updated 11/21/2020 at 7:20 PM
Gianluca Lapadula gave effort, dedication, good location, but still no goals. The Italian-Peruvian played against Chile and Argentina and, judging by his performance, he should not lose his position on the next double date of late March 2021. Especially if we face his game versus what the erratic tends to do Raúl Ruidíaz, who does not achieve in the selection the same effectiveness of your club in MLS.
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The problem you will have Ricardo Gareca is how to reconcile the game of the new cited with the ownership won in years of Paolo Guerrero, their captain, who by the end of March should be ok with his severe ligament injury. Paolo, 36, is much more than a national team player: he is the symbol of the team, a totally key player in the Blanquirroja, even more so in official tournaments where since the 2011 Copa América he has had a very strong streak. Guerrero scored 5 goals in the 2011 Cup, 3 in the 2014 Qualifiers, 4 in the 2015 Cup, 1 in the 2016 Cup and 6 in the 2018 Qualifiers, all of these goals prior to Russia 2018 with Peru down on the scoreboard, which makes them more deserving. Although the years and injuries seem to hit the figure of our ‘9’, it seems a fact that he would have the priority to play if he is cited.
In that case there are two ways in which Paolo and Lapadula can coexist: 1) Changing the system from 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 to a typical 4-4-2 with the two attackers playing in front and being fed by the offensive and the wingers, and 2) Playing the 4-2-3-1 but with Paolo of ‘9’ and Lapadula playing extreme as in his beginnings in the Italian leagues. The versatility of the Lapadula allows him to not only be a tip-top, but move around the edges or lag behind. Raúl RuidíazBeyond his importance for the coach and his seniority in the squad, he does appear far behind in the preferences, not only because of his low performances but because he is not as multi-functional as the Italian-Peruvian to move in front of the team.
Lapadula’s options, therefore, would not necessarily be weakened by Paolo’s return. If Gareca wanted not to do without any, his options would go through there. Of course, you have months to think about it, ponder it and decide.
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