León (Mexico), Jul 9 (EFE) .- Ecuadorian Ángel Mena, striker for the Mexican León, said on Thursday that the hardest part of playing behind closed doors at Opening 2020 will be the absence of the fans and the adrenaline that this broadcast to the team.
“We cannot ignore that the hardest thing will be the absence of the fans, one as a player wants and needs that adrenaline that the fans transmit to us,” said the Ecuadorian striker.
Mena praised the team’s fans, also known in Mexico as the Panzas Verdes for the color of their shirt, which he explained, drives them with special force at adverse moments of each match.
“Our fans have always contributed a lot to us in difficult games; it helps us get up when things go wrong, but we have to abide by all measures for the good of the health of all of us who are part of this,” he confessed.
The León stadium has a capacity of almost 29,000 spectators, during the Opening 2019 León averaged an attendance of 23,500 followers, while in Clausura 2020, which was suspended on date 10 by COVID-19, they averaged almost 22,000 per game.
Faced with these numbers, Mena accepted that the team will resent seeing the empty stands at each match.
“Our stadium is practically always full every time we play and seeing the empty stands will be rare, but now we have to adapt to these measures and be calm to return to normality.”
On the way in which the team is being formed to face Opening 2020, the Ecuadorian highlighted the competition in the group.
“Any of us who are in the field knows that they are going to do it well; there is a lot of competition and more with those who come to contribute. We always want to be on the field, but it will depend on the coaching staff to choose those who are in the best way, “he added.
Mena also highlighted the work done in this preseason that has kept them injury free.
“The team has not had injuries and that means that we are working well with the issue of charges. Little by little we will be taking rhythm with the friendly matches, although only over time we will become more coupled,” he concluded.
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