New chance? In the final months of Ricardo Gareca, who captained the Peru national team, the exclusion of Raúl Ruidíaz drew attention. Although the MLS forward was having a good time with the Seattle Sounders, the “Tiger” didn’t consider him for this year’s playoff matches and the World Cup playoffs. However, with the arrival of Juan Reynoso on the bench, that scenario could change.
As is well known, the ‘cabezón’ and the ‘flea’ coincided in Universitario and the strategist expressed his sympathy for the attacker at different times. When asked who would be the second option after Gianluca Lapadula, the coach recalled his former manager.
“If I tell you number two, he killed number three or four… (laughs). Today, at the beginning of the game, it could be André or Christian. For me, and it’s no secret, I really like Raúl (Ruidíaz). He’s one of those strikers you don’t want to tag because it looks like they’re not on the pitch, suddenly you get distracted and he scores.” conducted in dialogue with Movistar Sports.
“I think the structure of the game in Peru sometimes didn’t favor him. The few or many times he entered, the match was far behind with the rivals, so Raúl played between the lines or ended up demarcating himself in an empty space in the area. Raúl is small but he is very intuitive when it comes to looking for the ball up. But with six or eight in the area, there aren’t any places to fill,” added the coach, referring to the player’s qualities.
When will Juan Reynoso make his national team debut?
The Peru coach will make his debut on September 24 against the Mexican team in an international friendly match at the FIFA date. It is expected to make its first call in the coming weeks.