Welcome to our round-up for the Gameweek ending 9th May 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.
You may notice that the format of Lepers Abroad has changed this week. From this week onwards, we’ll be featuring only players who have scored, assisted, were involved in an incident or reached a landmark in the previous week. We’ll also continue to track the progress of ex-Newell’s players or coaches who are now managers, where relevant.
Bielsa’s Leeds shine against Tottenham at Elland Road
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United were excellent against Tottenham Hotspur on 8 May, running out 3-1 winners with goals from Dallas, Bamford and Rodrigo. El Loco called it “one of the best performances of the season” and Leeds now have 50 points with 3 games left to play in the Premier League.
Pain for Pochettino after Champions League elimination and league draw
Mauricio Pochettino suffered a bad week as PSG manager, going out out of the Champions League to Manchester City 4-1 on aggregate in the semi-final (4 May), before only mustering a 1-1 draw with Rennes on 9 May. That result means Lille are now 3 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, with the title now in their hands.
Ansaldi the creator provides 2 assists in 2 games for Torino
Cristian Ansaldi was chief creator for Torino last week in Serie A, setting up Mergim Vojvoda from the left to score twice in two different games in a week which saw them defeat Parma 1-0 on 3 May and draw with Hellas Verona on 9 May.
Barrenechea converts a penalty for Juve U19s
19-year-old Enzo Barrenechea scored from the spot for Juventus u19s in a 1-1 draw with Empoli u19s on 5 May.
Éver Banega sent off for Al-Shabab in 5-1 drubbing by Al-Hilal
The Saudi Professional League returned last week and Al-Shabab suffered a devastating 5-1 defeat to rivals Al-Hilal on 7 May. Their captain, former Newell’s midfielder Éver Banega, was sent off in the first-half for a second yellow card (for dissent).
Gabriel Heinze’s Atlanta United knocked out of CONCACAF Champions League and draw with Inter Miami in MLS
Gabriel Heinze’s Atlanta United played out two 1-1 draws last week as El Gringo continues to find his feet in the Deep South. On 5 May, their 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union meant they were eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League on an aggregate score of 4-1 at the Quarter Finals stage. The Union will go on to face another ex-Newell’s player in the semi-finals as they’ve been drawn against Santiago Solari’s Club América of Mexico.
In the MLS, on 9 May, Heinze went up against former Manchester United teammate Phil Neville in Miami as Atlanta and Neville’s Inter Miami played out another 1-1 draw.
Lorenzo Faravelli scores a brace as IDV overcome LDU Quito
Lorenzo Faravelli scored twice as Independiente del Valle scored a home win over LDU Quito in Ecuador on 8 May. His first was a penalty and his second, a poacher’s finish which takes him up to 8 goals this season for IDV.
La Pantera Leal on the scoresheet for Sol de América against Olimpia in Paraguay
Luis Leal scored Sol de América’s opener in the eventful 3-3 draw with Club Olimpia in Paraguay on 9 May which both teams ended with 10 men. Leal’s goal was from an extremely tight angle after Olimpia made a grave error in defence.
Alfredo Berti appointed new manager of Sportivo Luqueño
Alfredo Berti, former Newell’s manager and former assistant of Marcelo Bielsa has been appointed the new manager of Paraguayan side Sportivo Luqueño. He most recently managed Central Córdoba (SdE) in the Argentine Primera División. Sportivo Luqueño have another ex-Newell’s man on their books – former striker Mauricio Tevez.