Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 10th January 2021.
Lepers Abroad refers to the performances of ex-Newell’s players and coaches, along with well-known fans of Newell’s Old Boys, who now ply their trade outside of Argentina.
Marcelo Bielsa‘s Leeds United fell to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat away to Crawley Town of League 2 in the FA Cup. Although choosing to rest a number of key players, fans of the Yorkshire club are calling it the worst defeat of Bielsa’s spell.
Lionel Messi had a spectacular week for Barcelona, scoring twice in a 2-3 win away to Athletic on 6 January and twice in a 0-4 away win at Granada on 9 January. Messi is now the top scorer in La Liga this season.
Lucas Boyé was also on the scoresheet in Spain, scoring a golazo just 51 seconds after coming on as a substitute for Elche against La Nucia in the Copa Del Rey. Earlier in the week, he played for 45 minutes in a 1-0 defeat to Athletic on 3 January.
Mauricio Pochettino won 4 points from 6 in his first two games as manager or Paris St Germain. On 6 January, his side drew 1-1 away at St Etienne but on Poche’s return to the Parc des Princes, he celebrated an emphatic 3-0 win over Brest on 9 January.
Mauro Icardi was one of the goalscorers in Pochettino’s first win as PSG manager, coming off the bench after a lengthy injury spell to put PSG 2-0 ahead on 81 minutes. Two minutes later, he provided an assist for their third goal, scored by Pablo Sarabia.
Cristian Battocchio came off the bench for Brest in the 3-0 defeat to PSG on 9 January and he also saw limited action in Brest’s 2-0 win over Nice on 6 January, coming on as a late substitute on 79 minutes.
Nehuén Paz played for Bologna twice in the last week. On 6 January, he started and completed the match as Bologna drew 2-2 with Udinese and on 9 January, he played 80 minutes in the 2-0 away defeat to Genoa.
Cristian Ansaldi was a late substitute for Torino in their 1-1 draw with Verona on 6 January, coming off the bench after 76 minutes.
Fernando Forestieri was withdrawn after 32 minutes in Udinese’s 2-2 draw away to Bologna due to injury and will miss a month of action.
Lisandro Martínez was an unused substitute in Ajax’s draw with rivals PSV (2-2) on 10 January in the Eredivisie.
Daniel Mancini appeared off the bench twice for Aris Thessaloniki last week. He was brought on after 58 minutes in the 2-0 away defeat to Lamia on 4 January while on 7 January, he came on after 74 minutes in the 2-0 home win against Volos.
Federico Falcone was among the goals for Birkirkara in their 2-4 away win at Sirens on 5 January. The ex-Newell’s striker scored after 49 minutes to put his side 0-2 up. On 10 January, he played for 81 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Santa Lucia.
Emanuel Dening played for 87 minutes in Paralimni’s 2-2 draw with Karamiotissa on 5 January. He played the full match for his side a few days later as Paralimni won 1-2 away at AEK Larnaca.
Adrian Lucero, a teammate of Dening’s at Paralimni, played a full 90 minutes in both games.
Ever Banega played a full 90 minutes for Al-Shabab in their 2-1 defeat to Al-Ittihad in the Arab Club Champions Cup on 4 January. In the league on 9 January, he got another full game under his belt in a 1-0 home win against Al-Ettifaq.
Cristian Lema started, completed a full game and was yellow carded as his side Damac lost in the league again – this time to Al-Ittihad on 9 January.
Nahuel Guzmán kept a clean sheet for Tigres as football in Mexico started a new season. His side overcame the champions Club León by a 2-0 scoreline.
Andrés Lillini’s Pumas drew 0-0 with Luis Leal‘s Club Tijuana although Leal was left out of the matchday squad.
Santiago Solari got his managerial career with Club América off to a good start, beating Atlético San Luis 2-1 on 10 January.
Carlos Rotondi played for 69 minutes in Santiago Wanderers’ 3-0 win over Colo-Colo on 6 January.
Roberto Sensini’s Everton de Viña del Mar drew 1-1 away at La Serena on 6 January (Martín Tonso came off the bench for La Serena on 79 minutes) while Sensini tasted defeat for the first time as Everton manager on 10 January, going down 1-0 away to Colo-Colo.