In an exclusive interview with reporter Giovanni Chacon, from Grupo Prime Time Zone, the São Paulo defender also spoke about the frustration of losing the title of the 2020 Brazilian Championship
Wicked is one of the novelties of Sao Paulo commanded by Hernan Crespo. In the formation with three defenders, the coach decided to place the player as a starter, acting on the left side. The function, in fact, is not new for the athlete, the original side, but who changed his position after a conversation with Fernando Diniz. In an exclusive interview with the reporter John Chacon, do Grupo Prime Time Zone, the marker showed gratitude to the former Tricolor coach. “Last year, Fernando Diniz talked to me in thirty or forty minutes. He put his point of view, while I put mine. We come to a common denominator. I bought his idea. Today, I see myself as a full-back and defender. So, I am taking this position to me and my career, ”he said.
Léo assumed the title of São Paulo last season and was part of the team that assumed the leadership of Football. The defender, however, ended the season on the bench, watching the team closely succumb and run out of the title. The return to the main team, according to the defender, is due to the commitment in training. “I had a period playing as a starter, then I left. I ended the year at the bank, but kept working. This season, Crespo arrived and I came back. I believe that Crespo saw all the profiles of the players. He’s putting me on the left because of the way he builds the team. I am living a cool moment in my career. I hope it stays that way, ”he declared.
Now, Léo tries to learn more about the position with Miranda, multi-champion defender for Tricolor and who returned to the Morumbi club after stints at Atlético de Madrid, Inter Milan and Chinese football. “In training, today, he gave me some tips on how to attack the opponent. We must always be attentive and humble in order to understand and learn ”, he commented. “As a full-back, I always sought balance, first scoring and then striker. So, I prioritized to continue with my scoring and try to play the best way possible, to make the right choice of passes. I always try to evolve in marking and passing, my two strengths ”, he added.
In the interview, Léo was also asked about the reason for São Paulo’s abrupt drop in income in the final stretch of the Brasileirão. The athlete, however, did not know how to answer. “Dude, I’ll be honest, they asked me that question, and I said I didn’t know. I do not know! We were confident, we could give this joy to the São Paulo fans … that group was fantastic, focused and with few problems. In fact, I don’t know. We did not succeed and it is a frustration that we take for the rest of our career ”, completed the defender, who does not know when he will return to the pitch because of the stoppage of the Paulista Championship during the emergency phase.