Peru go into this evening’s game against hosts Venezuela on a high and new Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro is confident the Andean side can repeat their good form of the opening match and secure a place in the quarter finals.
Pizarro had a goal chalked off and was one of Peru’s star performers in the surprise 3-0 win over Uruguay on Wednesday night.
Venezuela, meanwhile, were pegged back twice by Bolivia and are desperate to give their fans something to cheer about.
“They need to win,” Pizarro told reporters at a training session on the eve of the game. “They are going to take the game to us and we are going to be ready and try and take our chances when they come. We want to qualify with this match.”
Pizarro, who left Bayern Munich to join Chelsea earlier this month, was impressed by the standard so far in a competition that has seen an impressive 24 goals in six games. But he cautioned Peruvians that one result does not make a successful tournament and said there was still a lot of work to do.
“You can feel the euphoria in the side, in the Peruvian people, in the media, and I think that’s great, that is what we are working hard for, to make our country happy. But we have to keep calm because we haven’t qualified for the next phase yet.”