Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero on Chelsea clash: We have to play as equals
Corinthians Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero believes there is no clear favourite in Sunday’s Fifa Club World Cup final showdown with Chelsea in Yokohama.
Guerrero, 28, who scored the Timão winning goal in the semi-final against Al-Ahly on Wednesday, believes the South American champions should be confident ahead of the game and believe in their own quality.
“We have to play as equals,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
“We, like them, have a lot of quality and we have to play as equals.”
One of the standout features from the clash on Wednesday was the presence and noise generated by the travelling Corinthians fans, of which there were reported to be 25,000.
“They are crazy, right? (Laughs) The fans are very fanatic. We like them to be so.
“I identify with this madness. I'll do everything to be a champion, do as much as possible,” the former Hamburg star added.
And despite being the hero of the semi-final, the Lima born star will concede not scoring against Chelsea if it means that Corinthians get to lift the trophy.
“I do not mind the goal. I mind helping the team. If the team wins, I'll be happy. It can be anyone, even the goalkeeper Cassio (laughs).
“My goal is to win the title, this is how I will be remembered in history, not for goals,” he added.