The Peruvian National Team continues to work to get ready for the duel against Colombia, for the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. (Photo: FPF Press)

His name is Alex, his middle name is perseverance and we are allowed to call him a scorer. In this University of Sports 2022 full of doubts, Valera It is one of the few certainties, a glimpse of hope that invites us to continue dreaming of the right path. With seven goals in League 1 this season, the man from Chiclayo faces new challenges with the creams and “everyone’s team”.

Depor looked for the gunner in Campomar and had an extensive talk in which “Flaco” confessed his first two ambitious wishes for this 2022: to be champion with the meringues and play the playoff on June 13. In addition, he highlighted the play of Raúl Ruidíaz with the Seattle Sounders and said that Ricado Gareca taught him movements within the area.

How do you describe your current football moment with the “U”?

I am at my best, scoring goals and helping the team. I came to academic with that intention from day one. What I’m going through is a beautiful moment.

What do you choose: to be a scorer or champion of Liga1?

The star number 27.

Adapted to play on sand, slab, now how do you feel on grass?

I keep learning many things. For example, he had never scored so many goals with his head, not even in the Peru Cup. Now I practice it a lot, before they didn’t come out. You have to keep perfecting the movements.

Ricardo Garecain the Peruvian team, talk to the attackers…

Yes, he talks to us about the game as ‘9’ (center forward) that he has been. He teaches us the movements through videos. For me, for example, moving backwards helps me a lot. Also, when I’m in the national team I stay with the group practicing with Nolberto Solano, he throws me crosses and teaches me how to turn my body, too.

The Peruvian National Team continues to work to get ready for the duel against Colombia, for the Qatar 2022 Qualifiers. (Photo: FPF Press)

You are the striker with the greatest continuity and goal for the national team. You profile yourself as the “9” for the playoffs…

I continue to make an effort in the “U” to win the call every day. It would be a dream to play and win the playoffs, but first I am focused on my team.

Can you imagine yourself in Qatar and playing against France Benzema?

It would be nice, but everything depends on winning the playoffs. Benzema He is a great player, he shows it with Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Ruidíaz won the Concachampions with the Seattle Sounders. Would you like to see him back in the national team?

He is a great goalscorer. I would like to play with him, it would be nice to form a duo in the national team, but it already depends on Professor Ricardo Gareca. He has always trained very well.

How much easier does soccer christian cave to the attackers in the selection?

In a great player. He makes the game simple and he makes it very nice, he touches the ball a lot. He has a lot of ability to set up the teammate, like the three-finger pass to Lapadula. Then Luka Modríc did it with Real Madrid.

Did you know Jorge “Coco” Araujo Was he a central defender who was strong on the ball? He passed the ball or the player…

They have told me about the teacher when he was a footballer. He loves the “U” very much, and now as a technician, he also shows it with his work. He is key in University.

Alex Valera arrived at Universitario de Deportes at the beginning of 2021 after debuting in League 1 with Llacuabamba.  (Photo: Lenin Tadeo / GEC)
Alex Valera arrived at Universitario de Deportes at the beginning of 2021 after debuting in League 1 with Llacuabamba. (Photo: Lenin Tadeo / GEC)

How do you rate the good football moment of Piero Quispe?

Last year I talked to him when he wasn’t playing and he was sad. I went through the same thing, I told him. Little by little I earned a place in the “U”. Look it now. He is the owner. If he intends to continue doing things well, he will reach the senior team.

Is playing abroad your immediate goal?

For now I have to continue showing a good football level with the “U”. My goal is to emigrate, everything will depend on me, but now I owe it to the club.

Lying down to Alianza Atlético de Sullana, the leader of League 1, will mark a before and after…

It will be key to continue fighting for the title. So we need the support of the fans in the Monumental Stadium. They are always with us through the good and the bad.

Why do the “big” teams disappoint internationally?

Unfortunately things are not going well at the club level, I also say this for us, Universitario. I hope, at some point, all this can be reversed within the field. We have to believe in ourselves, yes we can, we have to play without fear.

What if, at some point in your football career, Lima Alliance proposes you to play for them?

Today I die for University. For me I would stay here. I have always been a fan of the “U”.

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