Peru captain Paolo Guerrero reckons Brazil have every reason to fear them in Sunday’s Copa America final following their shock 3-0 win over Chile.
Peru stunned defending champions Chile 3-0 in the semi-finals to book their first final appearance since 1975.
Edison Flores and Yoshimar Yotun set La Blanquirroja on their way with two first-half goals before Guerrero finished Chile off with a second-half stoppage time strike.
Now, Peru will meet Brazil at the Maracana on Sunday hoping to pull off another upset. Although the memory of their 5-0 defeat to the hosts in the group stages will likely linger on everybody’s minds ahead of the encounter.
However, Guerrero thinks Peru’s achievement in reaching the Copa America final deserves respect. The striker, who plays for Brazilian club Internacional, also warned that there are no favourites in football.
“The team is making history,” said Guerrero, according to Stadium Astro.
“I’m proud of my team-mates. We concentrated, we worked hard and we are in the final. It’s going to be a very difficult final.
“I respect Brazil a lot and I am happy [playing for my club] here but, in football, there are no favourites, and we showed that again today.
“We won convincingly when others talked about Chile. Those people have to have more respect.
“If Brazil want to call themselves favourites then they can call themselves favourites, but on the field we do not think about that.
“We have to do our work with a lot of humility, as always.”
Like Guerrero, Peru coach Ricardo Gareca is also eyeing an upset against the eight-time Copa America winners Brazil this weekend.
“I think we have great players that can surprise in a match of that level,” said the Argentine.
“We will attack the strengths of the team, because you know that talking individually about each Brazil player is not the best way.
“I trust my players. We are capable of finding the answer on how to win.”
Peru have won the Copa America twice in their history in 1939 and 1975.