The emphatic position of Juan Reynoso on the call of Raúl Ruidíaz to the Peruvian team for Qualifiers 2026

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Juan Reynoso defended the call of Raúl Ruidíaz. (Movistar Sports)

Today, Friday, August 25, the Peruvian team announced the unprecedented list of summoned full of players league 1 shortly after the matches against Paraguayan and Brazil by South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. Minutes later, the technician Juan Reynoso gave a conference, where he answered questions from the press.

Along these lines, the coach of the 'bicolor'although the official list with the foreign footballers has not yet been confirmed, he was consulted about the possible call of the striker Raul Ruidíaztaking into account the injury of Gianluca Lapadulawho will be off the courts for at least two months.

"Is it necessary to call Ruidíaz that at the selection level it does not work?" Was the journalist's question. to which the 'Pigheaded' responded the following: "For me, it is necessary, even if Gianluca was there, I would have called Raúl. I agree with you that he is a great player. Today we cannot afford to leave players of that level out of the team”.

No one can deny the goalscoring ability of Raúl Ruidíaz, he demonstrated it during his time at Universitario, Chile, Mexico and the United States. However, he has not fared as he expected in the Peruvian team. His numbers prove it and have generated strong criticism from the fans.

The 'Flea' He has had the opportunity to play 54 games, either in the Copa América, Qualifiers and friendlies, and could only score four goals (Venezuela, Brazil, Iceland and El Salvador). His last entry dates back to March 27, 2018, that is, he has not celebrated with the national team for five years.

Raúl Ruidíaz would be called up for Peru's matches against Paraguay and Brazil - Credits: FPF.
Raúl Ruidíaz would be called up for Peru's matches against Paraguay and Brazil - Credits: FPF.

Juan Reynoso will not be able to count on Gianluca Lapadula after the striker underwent surgery on his ankle. Currently, the member of Cagliari is carrying out his recovery process in search of accelerating his return to the courts and being on the next double date of Qualifiers.

The attacker who is shaping up to replace the 'Bambino' is Paolo Guerrero, who is a starter at LDU Quito and could play a qualifying match again after two years. His last participation had been against Chile on October 8, 2021.

And the replacement options for Juan Reynoso will be the following: In the first place he will be Raul Ruidíaz, who is not going through a good present with the Seattle Sounder in Major League Soccer. And secondly, it would be alex valera, current scorer for Universitario. The latter mentioned already knows what it is to score in the era of the national strategist.

Paolo Guerrero and Alex Valera together with Raúl Ruidíaz will be Juan Reynoso's options in attack for the double date of the 2026 Qualifiers - Credits: Andina.
Paolo Guerrero and Alex Valera together with Raúl Ruidíaz will be Juan Reynoso's options in attack for the double date of the 2026 Qualifiers - Credits: Andina.

The Peru coach also referred to the present of the 'Predator' at LDU Quito. “Paolo's present is nice. It's nice when they enjoy themselves on the court. I see him getting better and stronger every time. And he does it at height and that adds to all of us ”.

The Peruvian team will make its debut against Paraguayan as a visitor. This match will be played on Thursday, September 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Antonio Aranda Encina stadium in Ciudad del Este. Afterwards, you will receive Brazil on Tuesday the 12th of the same month at 9:00 p.m. at the National Stadium in Lima.

It will be a tough start for him. 'everyone's team'nevertheless, Juan Reynoso will seek to overcome what has been done by Ricardo Gareca in the last edition. He 'Tiger' managed to add a point in the first five games of the qualifiers towards Qatar 2022. It should be noted that for this new process, the qualification quotas increased, from 4.5 to 6.5.

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