Braga attacker Rui Fonte has made some bullish comments ahead of his club’s trip to Ibrox to face Rangers on Thursday, as quoted by the Daily Record.

The two sides will face off in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie and come into the game in contrasting form.

Ibrox will host the Europa League clash between Rangers and Braga. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Gers have been off-colour since the winter break, losing two and drawing one of their seven league games in 2020.

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Meanwhile, Braga have been excelling in Portugal, and have eight wins in nine games under new manager, Ruben Amorim, including double victories over Sporting Lisbon and Porto, and most recently, a triumph at Benfica.

“It will be a tough game, especially away from home, but we’re preparing to go to Glasgow and get the best result possible,” said Fonte, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“We believe we can win anywhere right now. It was the same against Benfica. We’re on a really good run and there’s no reason why that can’t continue in Glasgow.

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“Saturday night in Lisbon was fantastic because this club hadn’t beaten Benfica there in the league for 65 years. So we showed our strength and made history. It proves we can beat anyone.”

Fonte applies pressure in the final stages of the historic win at Benfica. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s not overly surprising that recent results have instilled a lot of confidence in the Braga players.

They’ve lifted the League Cup and mounted a surge up the Primeira Liga since the turn of the year, seeing them move from mid-table to third place.

Fonte himself is more regularly deployed as a substitute rather than as a starter, but, capable of playing up front or out wide, he has five goals and four assists this season and is one of many threats in the opposition ranks.

Steven Gerrard will be hoping his players attack this game with the same vigour as they did the group stage fixtures, though, and if they do, they have a real chance of progression.

In Alfredo Morelos, the Gers have the tournament’s top goalscorer and with players like Ianis Hagi also now involved, there’s plenty of firepower to tap into.

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