Hudson beaming with confidence for Peru showdown

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New Zealand will be the overwhelming underdog heading into its two-legged play-off against Peru, with the All Whites currently 112 places behind the 10th placed South America side in the FIFA world rankings.

Despite the daunting task at hand, All Whites manager Anthony Hudson remains confident his side can overcome the odds and qualify for the FIFA World Cup for a third time.

"What gives me confidence is that we've had a really good week of training, we've got a really good group of players we believe in the players," Hudson said.

"I think I'd be in a different place psychologically if I didn't believe in the players.

"We've got a good plan, we've got a good team and everyone understands what we need to do, which gives me a lot of confidence going into this game."

All Whites skipper Winston Reid echoed his manager's sentiments and insisted his side's meticulous preparation puts it in good stead against Peru.

"I think we've prepared the best way possible, we haven't left a stone unturned and we're ready for a big game," Reid said.

"I think come tomorrow , you'll see a team that's going to be ready, well prepared, and we're definitely going to give them [Peru] a good game.

"They're going to try and come at us and we're going to be ready for them."

It will be a remarkable upset if the All Whites can stop a strong Peru side desperate to qualify for a FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1982, but Hudson has backed his men to get the job done if they can stick to the game plan.

"What we need to do tomorrow is just completely believe in ourselves and not be afraid of the task, play the game rather than getting carried away with the occasion, trust each-other and stick to the game plan," he added.

"That's the only thing standing our way of getting to Russia. We're good enough, I'm telling you now we're good enough."


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