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Pekerman hoping for success with new-look Colombia

Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is optimistic about his side's chances at the Copa American Centenario.

Pekerman's side was drawn alongside hosts the United States, Costa Rica and Paraguay in Group A on Sunday.

Colombia has endured a mixed CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying campaign and sits in seventh after winning just one of its opening four games, and Pekerman said his side might have its work cut out preparing for the tournament.

"This cycle of Colombia has differences with the last one," Pekerman said after the draw. "The team grew in the qualifiers to reach the [2014] World Cup. But now we have many drawbacks in terms of injuries and player transfers."

As a result, Pekerman has had to blood plenty of new faces into his side. But while that may be causing the team's fluctuating form, he believes there is plenty of potential in the mix of his squad.

"It could be interesting to see players that we believe have the potential to raise the level of the team," he continued. "It's an event that for the first time will have a lot of teams, and we hope to leave our country in a good position."