Fresh off a historic season with his club team Bayern Munich of Germany, the Peruvian Claudio Pizarro is back in his home country training with the national team as they prepare for the next World Cup Qualifier against Ecuador this Friday. But should the 34-year-old be included in the starting eleven?
According to the former coach of the national team, Juan Carlos Oblitas, Pizarro should not be an automatic started just because of his club team’s success.
“There have been games in these qualifiers when Pizarro simple should not have been on the field,” Oblita said. “But he is a catalyst that the other payers rally around, so it’s Markarian’s decision.”
Sergio Markarian, the current coach of the men’s national team, has yet to make a decision about the starting eleven. However, if Pizarro has his way, he’ll start this Friday in Lima.
“I feel good about this upcoming match with Ecuador,” Pizarro told the press earlier this week. “It’s always an honor to defend my country and this week we have to prove that we want to win at home.
“We’re going to look for the victory from the beginning and after we’re done, we can start thinking about the next match against Colombia in Baranquilla.”
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Claudio Pizarro, 34,is the emotional leader of the Peruvian men’s national team, but does that guarantee him a spot on the starting 11?