Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 3rd 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 lost 3-0 away to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur on 2 January. The Whites sit in 12th position in the Premier League sharing an identical record with 11th placed Arsenal.
Lionel Messi assisted Frenkie De Jong’s goal in Barcelona’s 0-1 away win against Huesca on 3 January.
Lucas Boyé played for 86 minutes in Elche’s 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on 30 December while on 3 January, Boyé was a half-time substitute in their 1-0 away defeat to Athletic Club.
Mauricio Pochettino was officially announced as the new manager of Paris St Germain. Pochettino brings ex-Newell’s teammate Miguel D’Agostino along with him as a coach.
Pochettino will look forward to coaching Newell’s fan and fellow Rosarino Mauro Icardi but the forward is currently sidelined with an injury.
His first match in charge will be an away trip to St Etienne on 6 January.
Nehuén Paz came on as a half-time substitute for Bologna in their 0-0 draw with Fiorentina on 3 January.
Fernando Forestieri also came on as a half-time substitute in Udinese’s 4-1 defeat to champions Juventus.
Emanuel Dening scored from the spot to help Paralimni to a rare 0-2 away win against Mick McCarthy’s APOEL. He was substituted after 67 minutes but Adrian Lucero played a full 90 minutes for the away side.
Cristian Lema played a full 90 minutes for the first time since November but his Damac side lost again, going down 1-2 at home to Al-Fateh. They remain bottom of the Saudi Premier League.
Carlos Rotondi played a full 90 minutes and received a yellow card in Santiago Wanderers’ 1-1 draw with Universidad Católica on 31 December while on 2 January he was introduced as a half-time substitute in the 3-0 away defeat to Unión La Calera.
Rotondi was recently selected on SofaScore’s Latin America U23 Team of 2020.
Roberto Sensini’s continued his good start to life as manager of Everton de Viña del Mar. They defeated Deportes Iquique 1-0 on 2 January.
Horacio Orzán, a title winner with Newell’s in 2013, signed for FBC Melgar from Mushuc Runa of Ecuador.
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