Gonzalo HIGUAIN, Willy CABALLERO win Europa League with Chelsea

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Congratulations to both Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Willy CABALLERO on winning the Europa League with Chelsea.

Despite not playing in the final, both players will be able to add Europa League winners medals to their trophy cabinet. For the former Argentina forward, it’s his first trophy with Chelsea since joining them in January from AC Milan on loan. It’s also his first European cup trophy as he has never won the Champions League.

For goalkeeper Willy CABALLERO, it’s his second trophy with Chelsea after having won the 2017-2018 FA Cup. Just like HIGUAIN, he has never won the Champions League and it’s his first European cup.

Congratulations to both Gonzalo HIGUAIN and Willy CABALLERO!

96 COMMENTS

  1. I think Higuain had a great career. For a long period of time he was one of the best strikers in the world. Ideally suited for the league where one off games do not make or break a season, mentally not so tough for the KO stages of cup competition.

    But we fans are heartless. Like the ancient Romans. We treat our heroes like gladiators. If they win we stand and clap. If they lose we don’t mind them getting killed. In those days the losers had to die. In the modern world they live a life of pain, regret and humiliation. Higuain was a valiant soldier for the Albeceleste. Salute.

  2. according to tycsports in case palacios is not able to play at copa 2019 scaloni has 6 names in his mind as replacement they are erik lamela,manuel lanzini,ignacio fernandez,gaston giminez,ivan marcone,maxi meza one of these 6 players could be replacement of palacios

    • ugh…more bad news. I think nacho best position is too far advanced and giminez/marcone too withdrawn. meza is meza. I would choose between lamela and lanzini and personally choose lamela for his defensive ability. But I don’t know if either of them has it in them to last even 90 minutes let alone 5-6 tough matches. And all their injury histories. Oh boy.

      just play parades-locelso-dePaul-Pereyra midfield now. With a little bit of guido here and there.

      edit: i read the article and it says even though meza, giminez and marcone were ahead in the original selection, the decision is now between nacho, coco and lanzini.

    • Listen bro, all I said is Mercado should have been a backup for Saravia, But you brought Messi, Aguero and Dimaria into the picture, same old broken record of the existence of ‘hidden’ force, authority and influence of ‘Messi and Co.’ in the NT. JUST UTTERING THE PHRASE ‘Messi and Co.’ & “CLUB DE AMIGOS’ and other such phrases is counter productive to the greater cause of supporting the team. calling for the exclusion of any player should be based on form and fitness, not mere unproven expectations. otherwise it is biased, hate or irresponsibility.
      people just see what they are programmed to see without giving unbiased thought of the situation.

  3. @ El Masche

    I see your father is still sodemizing you.

    Maybe you should tell him to STFU instead of hurling insults to people with differing comments here.
    If you stood up to your daddy you wouldn’t have so many anger issues.

  4. Richard,

    Disagree. Penalties are still a lottery. What happened 15 years ago, preparation wise, it was all down to Pekerman’s fault. It’s his job to prepare the team. But like you said even that wouldn’t have made any difference or would it? We don’t know for sure. Like you said, preparation is one thing and execution is a whole lot different thing.

    Ultimately the penalty shootouts comedown to the circumstances of how the match ends(for instance, the team that equalizes at the end,majority of the time wins the shootout), mental strength of players and a large chunk, a significant chunk to LUCK!

    A goalkeeper out of nowhere can suddenly become a hero. Like Romero in 2014 WC. Before that, he wasn’t known for saving penalties. Now he’s regarded as penaltyshootout specialist by some here. If he’s a specialist, then what does that make of the ex-Portuguese great Ricardo(great in penalty stopping, but average goalkeeper), Diego Alves and the recently retired Heurelho Gomes?! What about Subasic who helped Croatia to consecutive peanlty shootout victories?

    Here some blame Armani for not saving a single penalty. They forget that in one moment he could become a hero just like Romero!
    But all this shootout thing we need to worry about only if we get through/don’t get the job done in the regulation/extra time. That’s what we should we concentrate about, where we can be deserved winners, not by some lottery. Nowadays players practice penalties/analyze it in practice sessions, with all the sports science, analysts etc we don’t need to worry about the preparation anymore(like in 2006). So the “preparation/naivety” card/excuse is out of the window!

    • Agreed. Players and coaches can prepare using statistics but each new penalty the odds reset. In other words, just because a players shoots bottom right 60%, each new penalty the player could shoot bottom left and the goalie would simply have to have luck by diving left.

      On the other hand, a good penalty taker could make it 100% by perfect placement where goalies find it almost impossible to stop but that’s rare.

      The Best penalty takers exceed 85%+ but many miss like Messi is 79%, CR7 82%.aka Mr “confidence” cr7 isn’t far off from Messi

  5. @Roy Why “your comment is awaiting moderation” again? Is it the Chelsea thing? I just commented about them, because it was a Chelsea related post and I know focus is solely on Higuain and Caballero. Did it offend anyone?

  6. Chelsea winning this, or getting this far, reaching third in the Premier league after all that has been going on is a joke. The manager, coaching staff, players, club officials, owner and the fans are all in different directions, in a complete disarray and they still manage to salvage something. Incredible! Sarri deserves huge credit!

  7. Recently some posters mentioned that penalties are a lottery. I guess they haven’t learned from our penalty elimination during WC 2006. Remember, the German training staff had all the info on Argentine players. Who shoots penalties and where? Bottom right, bottom left, top right, top left, thru the middle. What really makes a big difference are the circumstances. Taking a penalty when you are 3-0 up is much easier than during a penalty shootout when there’s a lot at stake. All that information can be compiled on our opponent’s players. Before a penalty is taken by player X the info is shared with the goalkeeper. Player X shoots 65% of his penalties in the bottom right corner in case of stressful situations. Lehmann had detailed info on Argentine players, Abbondanzieri did not have that info on German players. We all know the result. I am not saying we could have won the shootout, but at least we could have come better prepared.

    Naturally the circumstances can not be simulated. A penalty shootout in a quarter WC final is different than on the training pitch, but still practice will help. Players can train penalties. Aim for the top right or left corner and train, train, train until you can do it with a blindfold.

    Therefore, penalties are not a lottery.

    • Disagree. Penalties are still a lottery. What happened 15 years ago, preparation wise, it was all down to Pekerman’s fault. It’s his job to prepare the team. But like you said even that wouldn’t have made any difference or would it? We don’t know for sure. Like you said, preparation is one thing and execution is a whole lot different thing.

      Ultimately the penalty shootouts comedown to the circumstances of how the match ends(for instance, the team that equalizes at the end,majority of the time wins the shootout), mental strength of players and a large chunk, a significant chunk to LUCK!

      A goalkeeper out of nowhere can suddenly become a hero. Like Romero in 2014 WC. Before that, he wasn’t known for saving penalties. Now he’s regarded as penaltyshootout specialist by some here. If he’s a specialist, then what does that make of the ex-Portuguese great Ricardo(great in penalty stopping, but average goalkeeper), Diego Alves and the recently retired Heurelho Gomes?! What about Subasic who helped Croatia to consecutive peanlty shootout victories?

      Here some blame Armani for not saving a single penalty. They forget that in one moment he could become a hero just like Romero!
      But all this shootout thing we need to worry about only if we get through/don’t get the job done in the regulation/extra time. That’s what we should we concentrate about, where we can be deserved winners, not by some lottery. Nowadays players practice penalties/analyze it in practice sessions, with all the sports science, analysts etc we don’t need to worry about the preparation anymore(like in 2006). So the “preparation/naivety” card/excuse is out of the window!

    • Richard,
      Disagree. Penalties are still a lottery. What happened 15 years ago, preparation wise, it was all down to Pekerman’s fault. It’s his job to prepare the team. But like you said even that wouldn’t have made any difference or would it? We don’t know for sure. Like you said, preparation is one thing and execution is a whole lot different thing.

      Ultimately the penalty shootouts comedown to the circumstances of how the match ends(for instance, the team that equalizes at the end,majority of the time wins the shootout), mental strength of players and a large chunk, a significant chunk to LUCK! (1)

      • A goalkeeper out of nowhere can suddenly become a hero. Like Romero in 2014 WC. Before that, he wasn’t known for saving penalties. Now he’s regarded as penaltyshootout specialist by some here. If he’s a specialist, then what does that make of the ex-Portuguese great Ricardo(great in penalty stopping, but average goalkeeper), Diego Alves and the recently retired Heurelho Gomes?! What about Subasic who helped Croatia to consecutive peanlty shootout victories? (2)

        • Here some blame Armani for not saving a single penalty. They forget that in one moment he could become a hero just like Romero!
          But all this shootout thing we need to worry about only if we get through/don’t get the job done in the regulation/extra time. That’s what we should we concentrate about, where we can be deserved winners, not by some lottery. Nowadays players practice penalties/analyze it in practice sessions, with all the sports science, analysts etc we don’t need to worry about the preparation anymore(like in 2006). So the “preparation/naivety” card/excuse is out of the window! (3)

  8. Congrats and delightful to see Higuain and Willy lifted and put the medal. Both deserve it and at least they could tell to their children and grand children about their legacy at English soil… Hopefully Higuain will find a good club for his next stop. And Willy could forget his WC failure

  9. Matias Suarez wins River Plate the Recopa Sudamerica in 20 minutes as a super sub! First with a beautiful floated assist to Pratto and then a insurance goal in injury time.
    Armani makes a couple great saves.
    Interestingly with the news of confusion on the right side of defense in the NT coming out, marcelo gallardo comes out with a game plan constructed around pushing montiel aggressively up the flank in the first half.
    Unfortunately, Palacios has not had the best two matches in these two final games, but at least he seems recovered from his injury.

      • I hope not either. I’m guessing it was more to introduce dela Cruz with extra pace and width in the midfield. i think it was a bit narrower when palacios was in.
        and yes gallardo just another level. the more pressure the more aggressive he gets lol.

      • sorry maybe that is too controversial sentence. i meant just in reference to reports of saravia fitness and casco getting first team looks. many people did think montiel deserved the back up spot in the 23.

      • Mercado should have been called. Many objected to his inclusion just because he is part of the so called ‘friends club’ or ‘old guard’, Mercado and Romero were always reliable for the NT, but it is the ‘mental obstruction’ that kept them away from COPA. Saravia and Mercado should have been a backup for each other.

        • Mecardo? Please give me break?
          Bro I’m so glad him and Romero
          Has been left out I already have
          One regret and that is funes mori
          But scaloni has gutts to acknowledge that Mecardo and Romero no need them
          Any long. did you hear Romero interview
          He is arrogant brick…

          • If you come up with one legit reason for their exclusion other than being part of the ‘Messi package’ I will be glad to hear that. I have no credible source for that interview.

            You were calling for Romero’s exclusion long before that supposed ‘Interview’.

            Mercado > any RB we have, period!

            Both were just victims of ‘politics’ to move away from ‘OLD GUARDS’ let’s face it. Mercado and Saravia should have been called as the main RBs

          • Ebo
            Listen this pal I’m not two faced
            Person I’ absolutely enjoy that
            Argentina has coaching staff has balls to reduce the so called old guard even they should left behind aguero and di Maria even though i love aguero .
            But Messi would have been lonely.

            But Romero is bench warmer
            How the goalie who hardly plays
            For his club can even possibly to
            Continue to be undisputed start
            Nation like Argentina that would have
            Been embarrassing but I’m so glad
            Arg have different management
            Whom trying to do right things.

          • “But messi would have been lonely.”

            You just proved my point 🙂
            It is all about the illusion of ‘Messi package’ and “OLD GUARDS”.
            not form or fitness or reliability which is the standards in which a player deserves to be called 🙂
            It seems that you are even disappointed that Messi was called, go figure !

          • Mate you can sound to be sweet man
            Or likeable person but me I’m here to
            Express my opinion and what I think
            Is valid point I’m not here to be liked
            Or be poppet.

            “It seems that you are even disappointed that Messi was called, go figure”

            Well that is your own statement
            All care is to see Argentina play
            As team not to see people licking
            Messi p…. you always try to hide
            Behind those kind things messi
            Be a man. personally I see messi
            A player part of Argentina nt.
            Obviously no denying he is the
            Best I ever seen but that doesn’t
            Mean he can take the nt as hostage
            Or blindly following him.
            Let me clear for you man again
            I support Argentina nt I’m not
            Fan for any individual player
            So go on please and say I hate messi. As you usually do

          • Hey man,
            why do you have to broaden the discussion to why you are here ? and still accuse people of not being Argentina fans, as if you are the only one who supports Argentina? you think people who differ in opinion are licking Messi’s what? why you gEt down to that level? just because I said give me a legit reason why Mercado is left out? You say even Aguero should not be there ! AND YOU STILL DON’T HAVE A LEGIT REASON, OTHER THAN THE FAMOUS ‘MESSI PACKAGE’ BULLSHIT, I TOLD YOU YOU PROVED MY POINT, MAYBE THAT IS WAY YOU ARE UPSET, YOU CAN NOT TALK LOGIC.
            Well listen to me Mr. true Argentina FAN : if you tell that to any one on the street who does not even support Argentina they will think either you have so much hate for him, or you now shit about football. If you are true t Argentina FAN like you always play to be, you would take your best players, not exclude the best in form for god knows what. and you say this coach has balls because he drop Mercado and Romero but he had to take Aguero and Dimaria so Messi does not feel lonely. way to go ‘MR. TRUE ARGENTINA FAN’ who does not lick Messi’s ass. don’t keep ACCUSING PEOPLE OF NOT BEING TRUE FANS AND MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU ARE THE ONLY FAN HERE. WE ALL FREE TO EXPRESS OPINION AND DON’T TURN IT PERSONAL. YOU SAID SCALONI TOOK AGUERO AND DIMARIA SO MESSI DOES NOT FEEL LONELY, YOU ARE ONE OF THE ENEMIES OF THIS TEAM. YOU ARE NOT REALLY A FAN OF ARGENTINA, YOU JUST PLAY TO BE THAT WAY. YOU SHOULD WATCH MARTIN LIBERMAN, MAYBE YOU TAKE YOUR IDEAS FROM HIM

          • @godin11
            and
            “Mate you can sound to be sweet man
            Or likeable person but me I’m here to
            Express my opinion and what I think
            Is valid point I’m not here to be liked
            Or be poppet.”
            so you are saying I am a puppet for Messi ! and maybe barca fan too, who don’t care about Argetnina.

            what that has to do with football and opinion, maybe you have a magic device that allows you to uncover what inside a man’s soul? or you are so smart that people who think Messi and Aguero have to be on the NT are puppets, and know shit about football, or they are here because they lick Messi’s ass? and they are no true Argentina fans, and you are the only smart one? the only true Argentina fan. But let me break it to you, you are not the only one who support Argentina, there are hundred millions support Argentina and millions of them are fans of other clubs , including Barca too. and don’t worry so much, it’s not because of Messi. But from my experience, only 3 types don’t like Messi :
            Real Madrid FAns
            Portugese
            Brazillians.

            YOU CAN NEVER BE A TRUE ARGENTINA FAN IF YOU ARE NOT PROUD OF PLAYERS LIKE MESSI AND AGUERO !
            See it works both ways.

          • Hey so loyal Argentina fan.
            You just proved that you re in so much
            Love messi and Co your arguement
            So weak you can say whatever
            You want I don’t have to prove
            To anyone that I support Argentina
            By the way supporting Argentina
            Isn’t going take me to heavens
            I have better think to do in life
            So I won’t given f…k whatever
            You believe about me .

            “YOU SAID SCALONI TOOK AGUERO AND DIMARIA SO MESSI DOES NOT FEEL LONELY, YOU ARE ONE OF THE ENEMIES OF THIS TEAM. YOU ARE NOT REALLY A FAN OF ARGENTINA, YOU JUST PLAY TO BE THAT WAY. YOU SHOULD WATCH MARTIN LIBERMAN, MAYBE YOU TAKE YOUR IDEAS FROM HIM:

            Your problem is you always look
            The discussion only one side
            You keep saying logic but you re
            The one who doesn’t use his logic
            There is million evidence about that
            Go find out

          • Ebo
            But from my experience, only 3 types don’t like Messi :
            Real Madrid FAns
            Portugese
            Brazillians.

            See I told you my brother your arguement
            Is weak all you trying to say that I hate
            Messi as you used say it before
            If you say you re not real Argentina fan
            I will say to you same thing you have
            Said . Did you open my chest I read it
            What is going on in my mind.
            you re playing too hard that you trying
            To prove people that you re hardcore
            Messi fan that is fine by me mate
            But please stop calling people
            They are not real Argentina fan
            If they talk the reality .

          • @godin11
            ” your arguement So weak”

            how so, please expedite. logically.
            saying things does not make them true, just because you see them that way.

            “You just proved that you re in so much
            Love messi and Co”

            yes, I do. does that make me less of Argentina fan?

            your problem is the illusion of Messi and CO. you make it about Messi, not me. always saying Messi and friends, Messi and company. you have no logical explanation of why you want to drop Aguero from ythe team other than saying Messi and CO.

            where is your logic ? ah I know it is on google on some blog. or on facebook. the very credible Media resource, You said 3 months ago that Scaloni and Aguero don’t like each other and Scaloni will not call Aguero for COPA, remember? where did you get that news? from facebook? or you are still thinking that the news you heard was true but scaloni is a puppet too so he called Aguero and Dimaria so Messi does not feel lonely? I don’t have logic, right.

  10. I know I will get trash talked just like Gonzalo does, but I have to say it… J love Gonzalo higuain. I don’t care if he choked or is a reason for some of our losses … He has always been classy on and off the pitch

    • I’m with you, man.

      On one side, i fucking die cringing of hate EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. I think of the misses. He’s one player that i was relieved when he finally retired.

      On the other, he did reasonably well overall and gave his all for the shirt and took so much heat over the years. I cant imagine being in his shoes so i have respect for him.

  11. Best lineup:

    Andrada

    Saravia
    Foyth
    Pezzella
    Tagli

    Lo Celso
    Dybala
    Paredes
    Guido Rodriguez

    Messi
    Aguero

    (In no specific order)

    Ottamendi is too risky as he gets very aggressive(basically a better Rojo)
    Lautauro(only due to experience)
    De Paul(great sub for Dybala)
    Goalkeepers(both shit)

      • Modric won at 34 and Hazard just have reached his peck, CR7 is finished and Messi can sustain it next 2-3 year max after that Hazard don’t have any competition expect headless chicken mbappe

    • That’s what they said before he moved to Chelsea. Now where are we? He is certainly world class, but with the likes of France Football’s crackheads in place, I doubt it. Also he has really done nothing to truly stand out between Messi, Ronaldo etc. even statistically.

      • If you’re Messi or CR, you’d need CL + other achievements, scores crazy goals, breaking various new records in order to be in top 3

        For other players, they only need to do half what CR does and a quarter of what Messi does in order to win Balon.

        • Absolutely right! Lio and CR7 set a high bar so no one can compete with them directly. Well, CR7 is more ordinary this season that would not be enough for him to be in top 5. But that similar performance from any other player would automatically put himself as contender.

  12. The most questionable for me is, if Saravia truly can’t play for Argentina, who is more capable to replace him, Foyth or Casco?

    Oh my, what kind of thunderstorms that hit our players? I’m more than enough after Kannemann and Zaracho problems.

  13. hmmm one English club win one European cup with 2 players that totally they cost me the destroy of my dreams in 2 world cups and 2 Copa americas.

    can somebody remind me why exactly this is something i should care?
    (the fact that they win Europa league i mean)

  14. Do you believe a player from Norway already scored 7 goals against mighty Honduras…!
    Norway lead 9-0 currently.. top scorer fixed.

  15. Great achievement by two greatest players in our history!
    Their championship mentality is what we need and we should have included them in our Copa Squad…
    LOL….

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