It’s wonderful. When I was a kid I always watched the World Cup and I always wanted to take part in it. Now I’m on the path to actually doing that. God willing, we can achieve this because it would be an amazing thing for the whole country and would bring incredible joy to all of us. The draw against Argentina was very important, as was the game against Paraguay, which we won away from home. Our game against Uruguay was also crucial. All these results have been vital for the team and for the country to keep our dream of qualifying alive. There have been some great moments. We hoped to get all six points when we played against
Venezuela and then Uruguay. And beating Uruguay really put us on the right track. Now we’ve got to keep winning or everything that we’ve
achieved up until now will be for nothing. It’s a pretty big challenge to be playing against the likes of Neymar, Suárez and Messi. For me and for the defence in general, it’s always tough because they’re incredible players but the important thing is to stay focused so we can do our job and stop them scoring. He’s a great motivator and works a lot on that side of things. He’s also brilliant tactically but the work he has done in building our self-belief has been crucial. We’re a country that hasn’t done well in recent qualifying campaigns and we haven’t reached a World Cup in a long time. This is partly down to our lack of belief, and he’s helping instil confidence in this national team so we can progress. It’s also great that young players are coming through who can bring a lot to the squad. Gareca is a coach who likes discipline but he’s also a really good friend to the players. He tries to establish a good player-coach relationship and I think the belief and confidence we gain from his presence is important. It’s something that is reciprocated, which is also very significant. Right now the team is in good shape. There’s a lot of unity and camaraderie amongst a solid group of players. We can build on this and I’m sure it’s what has help us get to where we are right now. It would be a dream come true. It’s been a long time since Peru qualified for a World Cup and to do it now would be important for the country for my career because I’m young and for the people that have always supported us. Every game is very difficult. We have to play the best that we can and really believe that we can get the results we need. Reaching the World Cup is a dream of mine. I don’t think I could describe how amazing it would be. You can’t imagine how you will feel but I know that it would make us incredibly happy.