May 31, 2023

The Brazilian striker competing in Sudamericana reduces the bad period for Santos: “A very big club” | saints

a saints Debut away from home in Copa Sudamericana. Pixie faces Blooming, this Tuesday, at 9:30 PM (Brasilia time), at Ramon Tahueche Aguilera Stadium, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Santos arrives in Bolivia to make their Copa Sudamericana debut against Blooming

The Bolivian national team is participating in its eighth Copa Sudamericana, but has never played in the round of 16. To follow up on this unprecedented feat, the team had reinforcements from three Brazilians: defender Iago Mendonça, midfielder Rafinha (captain of Blooming) and striker Léo Fenga.

Formed in the youth categories of Grêmio, but without playing professionally for Tricolor, Léo Fenga arrived at Blooming in January this year. In three matches for the team, the striker scored a goal, precisely in the Copa Sudamericana, against Atletico Palmaflor, which is still in the first stage of the tournament.

– We know that Sol Americana is a very contested international tournament. Of course, our dream is this classification, but we know that we will face highly qualified teams, but we will not stop dreaming and working hard for this dream – commented the 21-year-old.

Léo Fenga on the field for Blooming – Image: Disclosure/Blooming

about debut vs saints, the Brazilian reduces the current moment of Peixe, who was eliminated in the first stage of the Paulista tournament. For Léo Fenga, the Bolivian side will need to take to the field very focused in all matches.

The striker has already faced the Brazilian opponent, but when he was still playing in the basic categories in Grêmio. Leo Fanga scored two goals in the team’s 5-2 win over Tricolor saintsfor the 2021 Brazilian U-20 Championship.

– Regardless of the current stage, the saints It’s a very big club, with a beautiful history and with very qualified players, we have to put our feet on the ground and give every game 200%.

It will be the third confrontation between the two teams in history. The first two were valid for the first stage of the 2007 Copa Libertadores, when it was saints He won both matches and advanced in the competition.

Football in Bolivia

Léo Fenga also spoke about his first impressions of Bolivian football. The striker explained that his football experience in the country made him have a different vision of the sport in Bolivia.

– Football in Bolivia is at a very good level, only those who live here, who live the games, know the reality. Not many people expect anything from football here but when they come here they see how it goes, the teams are very strong.

After six rounds of the Bolivian championship, Blooming was in 16th place, one point behind. Despite the bad moment on the field, Leo Fanga praised the club structure and the fans of the Santa Cruz de la Sierra squad.

– Blooming is a very large team, one of the main in the country, with a high structure, both in terms of field and professionals. The CT scan is also very good, we have complete conditions to practice our profession with complete peace of mind. The fans have nothing to say, they are great, they support you until the end, they always go to the field, they support you from the first minute to the last minute.