Gareca appeared visibly dazed at the press conference
Gareca appeared visibly dazed at the press conference. | Video: America Sports
The coach of the Peruvian team, Ricardo Gareca, assumed the main responsibility on Tuesday after his team only achieved one point in the first four days of the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, but affirmed that the options to qualify ” they are intact. “
After losing 0-2 against Argentina this Tuesday and accumulating three consecutive defeats for the first time since he was on the bench in Peru, Gareca admitted that he did not expect such a bad start to the qualifiers.
“We have regressed with respect to what we can give. We have been in charge of the national team for six years and being in a situation like that was not something we had planned,” Gareca acknowledged.
The Argentine coach recalled that Peru has had to face great teams such as Brazil and Argentina in the beginning of the qualifying rounds, but acknowledged that his team had scored too many goals.
“There is no possibility of improving if we receive so many goals,” said the coach regarding the ten goals he has received in these four games.
Asked about the reasons for the poor performance of Peru in these last two months, Gareca assured that he does not know the reasons and pointed out that it may be due to the vicissitudes of the context of the covid-19 pandemic.
“Some settled in better after what we had to live in this year and it cost us more. Hopefully it can be reversed next year,” the coach wished.
“Having a highly competitive team, I feel the greatest responsibility. Peru has every chance of reversing it over time and waiting for next year. God willing to enter otherwise,” he added.
For Gareca, the key will be “to recover what was before, that conviction that always characterized Peru.”
“We have to keep working. We have tried, but we have had imponderables throughout the whole year. It is a tough moment. The qualifiers are generally very changeable and I think the chances are intact. Peru has the chances. Of that I am totally convinced, “he concluded. EFE