Peru manager Julio César Uribe has called on his countrymen to respect his side after critics savaged the team for their poor performances so far in the Copa América.
“We need to look forward with the same respect and professionalism as always to try and stay alive in this the continent’s most important footballing occasion,” Uribe said. “We have achieved our objective in qualifying and that’s why I ask for respect for the players, especially bearing in mind that we are going through a renovation period.”
Uribe’s men scraped into the quarter finals thanks to a last minute goal from new Chelsea signing Claudio Pizarro. But although Uribe said the side had “achieved our objective” in reaching the knock-out stage, they’ve been unconvincing and will be the underdogs in Sunday’s tie against either Argentina or Paraguay.
The coach said he would abandon the 4-4-2 system he used in the last game, a 2-2 draw with Bolivia, and return to the 3-5-2 formation that was so successful in the 3-0 opening day win over Uruguay. But he will be missing key men for the big game. PSV Eindhoven striker Jefferson Farfan has twisted an ankle and is out for 10 days and defenders Jhoel Herrera and Alberto Rodriguez are both suspended.