Carlos Zambrano as center back or libero: the options for Juan Reynoso in the defense of the national team

Carlos Zambrano as center back or libero: the options for Juan Reynoso in the defense of the national team

Carlos Zambrano entered as a libero in the Argentine Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate and thus added one more option to Juan Reynoso's project with the Peruvian national team

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Carlos Zambrano as center back or sweeper: the options for Juan Reynoso in the defense of the national team

Carlos Zambrano was used as a libero in the Argentine Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate | Photo: Twitter

Juan Reynoso meditates, from now on, the various options that he handles to create a highly competitive group in the Peruvian national team ahead of the next World Cup process. And precisely the last Argentine Superclásico between Boca Juniors and River Plate has shed some light on it, at least in defensive terms.

It happens that Carlos Zambrano has returned to mark presence in a Boca Juniors vs River Plate. In fact, since he arrived at 'Xeneize', the Peruvian defender has already participated in six of the seven superclassics that were played. The only such match he missed was due to a thigh strain.

Now, the 'Kaiser' made his entrance at 75 minutes of this Sunday's duel at La Bombonera to perform the special functions of Libero. His DT, Hugo Ibarra, gave him the confidence to be Boca's last man in a defensive line of five players, with the purpose of taking care of the 1-0 lead on the scoreboard. That mission was ultimately accomplished with much success.

In the few minutes he had in the field, Zambrano did his duty. He recorded four clearances, blocked a blocked shot and won the only aerial duel he played, according to data from the specialized portal of SofaScore.

This, without a doubt, increases an interesting variant for the Reynoso project with the national team. Although the 'Cabezón' usually proposes a line of four behind with two central defenders and their full-backs in the teams he directs, he can also opt for other systems, as he has done before.

In fact, the 3-5-2 is an attractive tactical scheme for the new coach of the Peruvian team. It is a great possibility that does not rule out using with the 'Blanquirroja'. In that sense, Zambrano can serve as the libero of his first line, accompanied by two other men (central), who they could be Miguel Araujo on the right and Alexander Callens or Luis Abram on the left.

Carlos Zambrano as central or libero: the options for Juan Reynoso in the national team's defense

Carlos Zambrano can function as a libero in the national team | Photo: GEC/

Of course, the 'Kaiser' is not the only person who can act as a libero. If we look at the squad for the next friendlies against Mexico and El Salvador, the return of Anderson Santamaría stands out, a man that Reynoso knows perfectly well and who can contribute a lot in that unique position.

“I like Anderson Santamaría because he gives you variations. He can play you in a line of four or three. The last time we spoke it was clear to me that he wants revenge. He comes from being a two-time champion in Mexican soccer “, the coach said in an interview with Gol Peru.

Be that as it may, Juan Máximo will be the one who has the last word. Precisely, the friendlies will serve to try all the possible variants that he has in mind and, little by little, the team -the tactical system- will consolidate. Although, in the same way, the rotations that characterize him may be part of his routine. He will already be seen.