Fabio Santos was instrumental in winning the Libertadores title Corinthians 2012. Ten years later, today, as the most senior player in Alfinegro’s squad, the left-back has managed to maintain a very high level of performance in the same tournament.
It was like this Tuesday Against Boca Juniors in Bombonerain a 1-1 draw, as a left winger in the initial scheme, closed the line of five defenders, scored efficiently and helped the team’s ball out in more than 90 minutes.
In the second stage, when the team was under pressure with a tie already, the left-back took over in a line of four players and followed a high level of courage and regularity. According to TV Globo Scout, he hit 19 out of 22 passes (86% hits) and made two saves.
At the age of 36, the player first experienced the tactical changes introduced by coach Vitor Pereira. Originally a left-back, he worked as a winger for most of the match a week after playing as a left-back against Portuguesa-RG.
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Fabio Santos in a Boca x Corinthians dress – Photo: Rodrigo Coca/AG. Corinthians
In all, Fabio participated in 11 of 26 matches Corinthians in the year. In the Libertadores, he played the role of the five groups, and was the first in all of them.
Even the penalty missed in the goalless draw against Deportivo Cali on May 4th did not waste his concentration or dampen morale within the team and with the committee. The crowd didn’t seem to be left with the choke ring either. The player came off several consecutive hits in counts.
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To keep up with the pace, Fabio played less in 2022. In the club’s last seven matches, he’s used match after match: he faced Boca, rested against Fortaleza, played against Cali, stayed against Bragantino, and started against Portugal. He did not join Inter and played on Tuesday with the Bombonera.
The trend, therefore, is that he will not play for one minute on Sunday, against São Paulo, at 4 pm (GMT), in Itaqueira, for the Brazil national team.
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