'If Peru loses it'll be a national disaster' – All Whites coach Anthony Hudson plays mind games ahead of do-or-die World Cup qualifier

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Spanish-speaking All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has played some last minute mind games ahead of his team's do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Peru tomorrow.

Hudson was looking to get into the heads of the Peru team, delivering a message in Spanish at a press conference.
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Hudson fired a warning to the Peruvian players and staff at a press conference, looking to pile the pressure on the hometown favourites.

"Everyone knows Peru is the favourite. We know if Peru loses it will be a national disaster and we don't have that sort of pressure," Hudson said in Spanish.

The Kiwi underdogs will have talismanic striker Chris Wood available to play from the start after a tight hamstring limited him to a role off the bench in the first-leg in Wellington.

However, combative defender Tommy Smith is in doubt with a calf complaint, meaning Andrew Durante might step in to partner Winston Reid at the heart of the All Whites defence.

Smith was part of a solid defence with Winston Reid in the first leg against Peru, but is touch and go to play in Lima tomorrow.
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The All Whites take on Peru in Lima at 3pm tomorrow NZT.

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