Alejandro Papu Gómez, Lucas Ocampos score for Sevilla in 4-2 win vs. Granada


Alejandro Papu Gómez and Lucas Ocampos both scored for Sevilla in their 4-2 win vs. Granada.

Papu Gómez was back from injury for Sevilla and got a goal on his return. However, Lucas Ocampos was the first Argentine to score in the match. With the score at 1-1, Ocampos would get to a loose ball in the penalty area and he would score to give Sevilla the 2-1 lead. Ocampos is on six goals in the league.

At 3-2 for Sevilla, Oliver would play a pass into Gomez and the Argentine would score. He has now scored 5 goals in the league this season.


  1. I didn’t watch the game but was keeping tabs on it via the LiveScore app and was thinking the same many of you were thinking……….1st, Messi is playing within the parameters of the game by doing what he can do to help his teammates score.
    2nd, somethings never change and will never change, Neymar taking a PK when he should have given it to Messi JUST Like Messi did for him while in Barcelona to boost his morale.
    Both Neymar and the golden child are SELFISH to say the very least, I expected that from Frenchy but not from his so-called Friend.
    I’m say again what I said numerous times, Messi is JUST PASSING time at PSG with his eye on the big prize and that is the WC and don’t expect his fake teammates to help boost his confidence because he is the competition.
    The season will be over soon and hopefully he’ll stay healthy and get enough playing time with the NT to get all the reps he needs to get his shooting boots back.
    Messi figured out a long time ago that his game has to change to accommodate the big egos on the team and not because he cant hack it anymore (BS) or because he cant run, its simply because he wont give them more than the bare minimum and it shows.
    GOD willing, he’ll make them regret and cry just like that fake-ass Neymar cried after COPA.
    Don’t worry, Messi knows exactly what he is doing, the jokes on them.

    • Messi isnt really interested at individual prize anymore at this point. He has 7 balon, Neymar & Mbappe has zero in total. Messi has 6 golden shoe, how many those two have? I think Zero?

      Other than WC, everything else will only add little to his legacy.

    • So called friend Neymar is selfieh.He already score sheet but not give pk to Messi. Even he not assist Messi a single goal.Messi score goals from Mbappe assist not this selfish brazilian.

  2. Messi has evolved into a playmaker.. please stop expecting goals…. he will.produce a goal from time to time.. but let’s all be realistic and calm… let him supply…

    • If messi stop scoring thn who will score for Argentina?? Only lautaro?? Who also misses a lot. And another winger whether its nico or ocampos doesn’t score atall. We don’t have a scoring midfielder also

      • But Those selfish bums never pass the ball back to Messi, do they?
        Apart from that the Brazilian rat could have let Leo to take the penalty as his name was already on the scoresheet prior to that, but he didn’t.
        Yet Messi got a goal, but that was ruled offside.
        He barely receives the ball in those threatening positions, how could he score in the same way he did in that past.

  3. I am actually happy to see Messi set up 3 goals. The other two especially Mbappe are trying to make their name and are selfish players. Messi being set up man is good for Argentina, We shouldn’t depend on him to score every goal but with his vision and playmaking ability combined with DePaul, Paredes, DiMaria and LoCelso Argentina are not starved for creativity. A player with goal scoring ability will always have that ability and I truly think he’s saving every last bit of what he has left in the tank for Qatar, Players evolve, Especially with age.

    • People has short memory, they forgot when Barca thrashed Madrid 5-0 , Messi wasnt on scoresheet either, but provided 2 assists.

      When Barca won CL final in 2015, Messi directly involved in all 3 goals but wasnt scoring either.

      Olympics final, Messi didnt score but provided winning assist.

      • But in those season messi scored tons of goals in other matches so it was ignored. But he scored only 3 goals in a French league is an awfully low number.

  4. Its a concern that even today Messi didn’t score a single goal. He is not there for providing assists. He needs to score simple as that. If this continues thn Argentina in a big trouble because he will completely loose confidence in front of the goal. Confidence is the main thing and looks like he has lost his interest thats not good not good at all. Scoring goals is a habit. I hope he leaves or new coach changes the tactics otherwise we are doomed

    • This season is done. For PSG..just League 1 left. And that they will win easily. For more cup than League1 and no Ballon Do’r this time. It has become for seasonal performance.
      Mbappe will leave next summer (yes after 7 matches)…new coach will come…Messi will kick start new season in style…and then great performance in WC and winning it…another Ballon Do’r for the next season. Hope everything goes smoothly as he wish..😃
      BTW..this season Messi is going for most assists in League 1. May be Messi will break Di Maria’s record.

  5. Things are not going well. To score one should not depends on others. Truth is when PSG scored 6, no goal from Messi even when he played as front three and full time. Other two scored three each!! Another thing is, even when psg scored 6 times, Pochettino can not show courage to substitute anyone of the front three.

  6. Things are not going well. To score one should not depends on others. Truth is when PSG scored 6, no goal from Messi even when he played as front three and full time. Other two scored three each!! Another thing is, even when psg scored 6 times, Pochettino can not show courage to substitute anyone of the front three. How ridiculous!!!! PSG is no more a football club!

  7. To score goal one should not depends on others. Truth is when PSG scored 6, no goal from Messi even when he played as front three and full time. Other two scored three each!! Another thing is, even when psg scored 6 times, Pochettino can not show courage to substitute anyone of the front three. How ridiculous!!!! PSG is no more a football club!

  8. To score goal should not depends on others. True is when psg scored 6, no goal from messi even when he played as front three and full time. Other two scored three each!! Another thing is, even when psg scored 6 times, Pochettino can not show courage to substitute anyone of the front three. How ridiculous!!!! PSG is no more a football club!

  9. Why messi not taking the penalty why ney so selfish if its other way arround messi always give penalty to ney if is not scored anyway 3 assist for the goat this how he can play even after qater worldcup as assist king

  10. Its unbelievable how Messi has to sacrifice himself for these two idiots. Messi 3 assists, selfish Neymar unable to give him the penalty after scored. Joke.

    • Messi is simply too far from the goal and unlike Neymar and Mbappe he waits for a pass back outside the box, while they are in the box taking shots. His goal was called offside and one shot went wide which a player of his caliber should have scored. Also he is not taking on opponents one on one like Neymar and Mbappe. Messi need to be more selfish and take more direct shot at the goal. He is playing like a pure midfielder and the other two as forwards!

    • I think penalty in PSG is shared and rotational basis between the front 3. Next penalty will be Messi’s. Messi scored but called offside because of Mbappe was offside. So many times today also, there had been chances Mbappe and Neymar could have passed to Messi…but they didn’t.

      • It’s just that he doesn’t have the hunger to compete with them or may be he is done with competition. I have followed Messi since he was 17 years and although his nature is introvert but he is equally stubborn. For so many years, players like Ibra,Villaetc came to Barcelona but Messi never forgot to score. The answer is simple he had lot to achieve and now, he is at the point of his career, he has everything except World Cup.

        If Mbappe doesn’t go then you can see similar performance from Messi.

        • The Copa America win coupled with 7th balon definetely kinda killed his motivation. He now has thropy with senior national team and the latest Balon pretty much killed CR chance to equal or surpassing him. He perhaps sees himself playing as pure playmaker in Qatar.

          Im not worry since he had a solid game today. People has short memory, they forgot when Barca thrashed Madrid 5-0 , Messi wasnt on scoresheet either, but provided 2 assists.

          When Barca won CL final in 2015, Messi directly involved in all 3 goals but wasnt scoring either.

  11. Cristian Romero complete interview for the Athletic.

    Cristian Romero: ‘I’ve always had spirit, desire and aggression – if I ever lost that, I’d have a problem’​

    Charlie Eccleshare 4h ago

    Has a new Tottenham Hotspur signing ever felt as instantly right as Cristian Romero?

    The Argentinian defender arrived last summer from Atalanta and has made such an impact that he already feels like a club legend in the making. Spurs head coach Antonio Conte has described him as “perfect” for the Premier League. Former Tottenham captain and fellow centre-back Ledley King claimed this week that “he’s going to be a top, top player”.

    Romero, still only 23, is not just an elite centre-back. He is also a ferocious competitor, someone who has made a big impression on his team-mates despite not being the most vocal. He possesses the sort of sometimes-unhinged aggression that makes you so relieved he’s on your team and not the opposition.
    You can feel Romero’s presence when he enters the room, as he did this week at Tottenham’s training ground for his first interview with a UK publication.

    “I love life here,” Romero, who is naturally quiet but has an aura of self-assurance, tells The Athletic, reflecting on a momentous eight months since arriving on loan from Atalanta — in a deal that will be made permanent in the summer for £42.5 million. “Right at the start it wasn’t easy. I think when change happens in our life you always need a certain amount of time to be able to adapt and settle in. First and foremost, the language is quite a basic thing and you need that to get by. But gradually I feel I’ve settled in.”

    Romero conducts the interview in Spanish but he is picking up bits of English. Over the course of our conversation he explains how much he is enjoying living in north-west London, and the impact of becoming a father for the first time in December. The contrast between his sentimental side as he proudly discusses his “three month and one week-old” son Valentino and the hugely physical, aggressive defender we see on the pitch is striking.

    As for that highly confrontational approach Spurs fans have become accustomed to and relish, Romero says: “I’ve always had that spirit and desire and aggression. And I think if I ever lost that, I’d have a problem.”

    Most would agree with Romero at the moment (certainly to his face), and it’s hard to think of many more in-form defenders in the Premier League right now. Romero was voted man of the match by the club’s supporters after Spurs’ last match against Newcastle, and is a key reason for the team’s much-improved defence. Tottenham have conceded just four in their last six Premier League matches, five of which have been wins.

    They are up to fourth and suddenly look like a good bet to qualify for the Champions League.
    Romero puts much of the turnaround down to the appointment of Conte in November. “Since he’s arrived, the morale in the squad and certainly among the fans has changed totally around.”
    But he also singles out January signings Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur for praise, and on a personal level remains grateful for Eric Dier for the way he helped him settle after joining Tottenham last summer.

    Away from Spurs, Romero reflects on an action-packed few international breaks with Argentina and explains why playing for the national team means so much to him and his compatriots.
    Romero will be reunited with a couple of them this evening when Spurs take on Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia’s Aston Villa.

    It’s a game Tottenham must win to keep the pressure on Woolwich in the top-four race, a goal Romero feels he and his team-mates are well capable of achieving.

    “When I look at the squad I can just see the quality of the players we have,” Romero says. “We have it within us and we have what it takes to be able to achieve that target.”​
    As we are introduced, Romero says he is happy to be called “Cuti”, the nickname that has stuck since childhood. It originated when one of his uncles noticed that he was the spitting image of a local lad with that name and started using it with young Cristian. It is now how he is universally known.

    Something that stuck out about young Cuti back then growing up in Cordoba, and remains the case now, is his aggressiveness on the football pitch. Romero started playing football seriously aged five and he says he’s always had that fire in the belly.

    “I think it’s something where I’ve just grown up like that. That’s been my style of play,” he says. “In Cordoba where I grew up as a player, we were encouraged to play in that kind of way. Defenders in Argentina are encouraged to be aggressive and show aggression. I think if you lose that spirit and that desire that you have inside you… the three years I played in Italy, for example, were great for me as a footballer but throughout that period I always had that spirit and desire and aggression.”

    As with most highly-charged footballers, it is a question of balance. How to ensure a player doesn’t overstep the mark without losing the hunger that drives them. Romero appears to be finding this balance, having only been sent off once for Spurs (and never in the Premier League). That may still sound like one too many, especially alongside 11 yellows in his 25 appearances across all competitions, but it’s an improvement on his record in Italy. Sent off in just his second game for Genoa in October 2018, across his three seasons in Italy Romero picked up a staggering 39 yellows and three reds in 102 games. He was substituted on several occasions last season for fear he would pick up a second booking.
    Conte did something similar when withdrawing Romero after 52 minutes of the 5-0 win over Everton last month, and said a few weeks ago that “sometimes he gets a yellow card he can avoid… sometimes you can’t explain this in a good manner. You have to shout!”

    In general, though, Conte has been hugely impressed by Romero, who since returning from a three-month hamstring injury in February has been outstanding. Upon joining Spurs, sources in Italy said that based on his performances with Atalanta, Romero could have the same transformative effect on the Tottenham defence as Ruben Dias and Virgil van Dijk have had on Manchester City and Liverpool’s respectively.

    Eight months on, those predictions don’t seem far-fetched. Romero’s calmness and quality on the ball have lifted his fellow defenders, who also can’t fail to be inspired by his commitment. Take Sunday’s win 5-1 over Newcastle for instance, when within seconds he cleaned out Alain Saint-Maximin with a firm but fair tackle and then made a brilliant block to deny what looked like a certain goal from Joe Willock. “What a block!” former Liverpool and England centre-back Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports. “He’s a top player, him.”

    Romero also has the attitude, edge and star quality that Spurs have been lacking for so long. It genuinely feels that Spurs will soon have a third superstar at the club after Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, if they don’t already.

    Though, temperamentally, Romero is very different from those two. As well as his aggression, he is regarded as a master of the dark arts — a characteristic many feel Spurs have been missing for a while. Jose Mourinho called the team “too nice” while he was in charge. Romero is someone who is happy to feel contact and go down if it benefits the team, but also to stand over others accusing them of simulation. As he did to Pablo Fornals in Spurs’ 1-0 defeat to West Ham in October.

    There was also the incident in last month’s 3-2 loss at Manchester United when he appeared to goad Harry Maguire after the defender had scored an own goal. “I think sometimes things happen in football and maybe if you capture a moment with a single photo it can seem like something that wasn’t really happening,” Romero says of the incident at Old Trafford. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Harry Maguire. He’s a top player who is having a great career. And generally I always respect my opponents so I think people who don’t know about the game get hold of a story and run with it and talk about something that’s not really there. Maybe on that occasion I didn’t quite do the right thing but I had no bad intentions.”​
    As well as adapting to a new country and new team this season, Romero has also had to learn a new position. At Atalanta he predominantly played as the middle centre-back in a three, but Conte has used him as the right-sided centre-back.

    It’s taken some adjustment but it looks to be the perfect role for Romero — showcasing his excellent one-on-one defending and allowing him to start Spurs attacks with his outstanding distribution (as he did for Spurs’ opener in the 3-2 win at Manchester City), and sometimes even finish them (as with his fortuitous goal at Brighton. It was also his presence by the six-yard box that spooked Maguire into his own goal at Old Trafford). It also makes him less vulnerable to crosses, where he can look uncomfortable.

    “I played in the middle of the three in Serie A, and so I found it tough at first because I was slightly out of position compared to what I was used to but the great thing about Conte is I feel I’ve improved tactically,” Romero says of his tweaked role. “My positional awareness has improved as well. He explains the detail and what he wants in a really perfect way. “I hope my performances are the same in either role. I feel comfortable doing either. Even if he puts me as goalkeeper, as long as I’m playing that’s the main thing.”

    As well as being solid defensively, Romero has been given clear licence to get forward and help Spurs overwhelm opposition defences: “What Antonio says about football is: join in (with the attacks) when you can and it’s all about enjoyment. Enjoy the game with responsibility, with all your tactical responsibilities and stuff like that. If you get the opportunity to join in then do so.
    “I like to do that.”

    In general, Romero feels that Conte’s arrival has transformed the team — a group that were clearly suffering under Nuno Espirito Santo.

    “Since he’s arrived, the morale in the squad and certainly among the fans has changed totally around,” says Romero. “The morale and the spirit in the dressing room is totally improved. “It’s tough for a manager coming in almost halfway through the season. So to turn things around 100 per cent in the way he would like is never easy. But I think he’s doing well, we’ve consolidated as a squad and as a team, and he’s got us playing pretty much how he wants us to. Tactically we’ve improved where we are on the field and that sort of thing. I think there are still things that need to be just tweaked, perfected.”

    Romero knew plenty about Kane and Son and their quality before joining Tottenham, but he has also been struck by how much of a difference Spurs’ January signings have made: “The person who’s really surprised me is Kulusevski because I think he’s really added something either we didn’t have or didn’t see so often. He’s a really bright and intelligent player who’s become a vital cog in our system. “Bentancur I was aware of from Italy, I always thought he was the kind of player who could cut it in the Premier League. What’s surprised me is the level at which he’s doing really, really well. How important he’s become for us so quickly. “The performances of the team in general speak for each player but in particular speak for him and how well he has done for us.”​
    Moving to another country where you don’t speak the language would be tough at the best of times, but the circumstances of Romero’s first year have made it especially challenging. The England he arrived in was still feeling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, his wife was preparing to give birth, and only a month after arriving he was caught up in the storm that saw Argentina’s match against Brazil postponed in Sao Paulo after a few minutes. Romero, along with Martinez, Buendia and Giovani Lo Celso faced deportation from Brazil after being accused of breaking the country’s rules on entering the country by allegedly failing to report that they had been in the UK during the previous 14 days. For COVID isolation reasons, Romero then had to quarantine in Croatia before returning to London, missing two Spurs matches in the process.

    At the next international break in November — by which time Nuno, the manager who had signed him for Spurs, had been sacked — Romero picked up an injury that kept him out for almost three months. In the last international break in March, Romero was called up by Argentina despite him being suspended for both their matches in the hope that the ban might be overturned. It wasn’t, and so from a footballing point of view, it was a wasted trip.

    Thankfully things have generally been a lot calmer for Romero since the turn of the year — a feeling of contentment fuelled by the birth of his son in late December. “At first the feeling was almost fear, trepidation because it’s all new being a dad,” he says. “But now I’m getting used to it, being a good dad I think. “It’s such a happy occasion. We’re together as a team, me and my wife. She’s fantastic, just a great, great person. Credit (to) her because all the time I spend here at the training ground, travelling the night before we go to games. I don’t spend as much time as I’d like to with my baby. “But as soon as training’s finished or I get home from a game it’s just spending time with that little lad, along with his mum. That’s my life at the moment, that’s our life. We’re always together.”

    Romero laughs when it’s put to him that perhaps the young boy could one day be eligible to play for England. “I don’t think so because he’ll have an Argentinian passport,” he says.

    The three of them are very settled in their north-west London home, and Romero says he’s fortunate to live in such a nice area. They’re enjoying seeing the sights — Big Ben has been a particular highlight — and having a coffee in central parts of the city. Romero visited London while playing in Italy and has always found it “a fantastic place, a beautiful city”.

    He is also enjoying getting to know his team-mates better, naturally gravitating more towards the Spanish speakers as he lists Emerson Royal, Bentancur, Kulusevski, Pierluigi Gollini, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Lucas Moura and Sergio Reguilon as among those he is close with. “We are a very close-knit group.”

    He also name-checks Hugo Lloris, who lives nearby. In fact, the two live so close that they drive into training together. Do they take turns to give the other lifts? “No, it’s always me driving!” he responds, laughing. “He uses me as his own taxi driver.”

    Dier is another who has made a big impression on Romero: “He was instrumental when I joined. We’ve always got on well on and off the field. The fact he speaks Spanish really helps with our on-pitch understanding as well. He was instrumental also in bringing me into the group. “From the day I arrived, he was really good at introducing me to everyone and making me feel at home as well so I was grateful for that. But first and foremost, what a great season he’s having — he brings a lot to the team, loads as a player. “I’m guessing it is his objective to get back into the international set-up. We all feel he’s doing well and it can’t be long with the form that he’s showing before he’s back in the England squad.”

    Romero hopes soon to be able to converse with Dier and the rest of the team in English, and says: “I’m not there yet to be able to have regular dialogue and conversations in English, but I’m getting there. Considering I had absolutely zero when I came here. I’m really regretful that in English classes in school I never paid attention. “I’d just say to myself, ‘Why would I learn English? I’m never going to leave Argentina. What’s the point?’”​
    Romero’s expectation that he wouldn’t leave Argentina seems pretty pessimistic now, but he was not necessarily seen as being destined for big things.

    He did not come through at one of the country’s biggest clubs, instead joining the youth set-up at Club Atletico Belgrano (a Cordoba-based side currently in the second tier) in his mid-teens, before making his debut for the first team as an 18-year-old in 2016. It’s striking, watching footage of him back then, how mature he looks already — more weathered veteran than callow youngster. His father joked last year that “he is 23 years old but looks 30”.

    As a child Romero says his life was “all football”, and his father believes his maturity and old head on young shoulders comes from playing with his older cousins and brother as a youngster. Romero also has an older sister.

    His impressive performances for Belgrano, then in Argentina’s top flight, earned him a move to Serie A side Genoa in 2018. Romero joined Juventus a year later, in a move overseen by the now managing director of football at Spurs Fabio Paratici, but was instantly loaned back to Genoa. He then spent last season on loan at Atalanta, where his outstanding displays won him the prestigious Serie A defender of the year award. Atalanta exercised their option to buy at the end of the campaign and sold him to Spurs for what will become a big profit when he moves permanently this summer.

    But it wasn’t until June that Romero made his debut for Argentina. He was an instant hit and was a key part of the side that won the Copa America a month later — being named in the team of the tournament despite missing a chunk of it through injury. Lionel Messi was so impressed he urged Barcelona to sign the defender. In the end they couldn’t afford the deal and Spurs pounced.

    The experience of winning the Copa was a magical one for Romero, and it’s important to try and understand just how much playing for Argentina means to him and his compatriots. It is a very different mentality to the pervasive one in England, which, certainly in fans’ eyes, sees club football as way more important than its international counterpart. Back in the mid-2000s, Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano was amazed when he moved to the Premier League how blase many of the English players seemed to be about playing for their country.

    This may have changed now but it was the polar opposite of the pride Argentines felt and feel about playing for their country. In this context, it becomes a little easier to understand why Romero (and Lo Celso, Martinez, Buendia and others) have been willing to endure the trials of representing their country in a COVID-19 world amid all the associated obstacles.

    Romero exhales as he begins to explain what representing Argentina means to him. “For me, those two weeks you spend with the national team when you’re away and playing the World Cup qualifiers, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that feeling anywhere else,” he says.

    “I think the feelings and passion we have for that shirt and pulling on that shirt and representing our country and the millions of Argentinians who watch is just, as they say, el maximo. It’s just the best feeling you can get. The greatest feeling. And the chance to make those fans happy, or try and make those fans happy who on occasion aren’t having the best time of things back home, it’s something I’ve always dreamt of.

    “And now I feel that I’ve become a regular member of the squad, which is really, really great. The chance to spend time with those players both as athletes and as people, because there are some world-class players in that squad. And some great people as well, and to get to know them, and to consider them as friends is great. I enjoy that tremendously when I get the chance.”

    Romero is at pains to not make a comparison as such between club and international football, just to explain the uniqueness of representing Argentina.

    “It’s not that you wouldn’t swap it,” he says. “When you’re with your club it’s international, very different, there are lots of different cultures mixed together. But when it’s just you and your other fellow Argentinians you can’t really recreate that anywhere else.”

    Later this year Romero will hope to inspire Argentina to a first World Cup success since 1986 (and a first for South America in 20 years). He laughs and says “we’ll see” when asked who will do better out of England and Argentina — but the prospect of him marking Kane if the teams face each other is a tantalising one.

    For now though the focus is fully on Tottenham and achieving that precious top-four spot, starting with tonight’s trip to Aston Villa (thoughts about the north London derby will have to wait, he says).
    “It’s a very, very important target to get into the Champions League,” says Romero. “It depends on how results go; other results, our results. But we have many players here who can make the difference and with hard work I think we can continue to move in the right direction.

    “Because we’re building something really positive here

    • Nice interview thanks for share..i like his attitude. He is really top player..Argentine fans are lucky to get him..I think since 2000 he is the best Argentine defender among Argentina produce.from my childhood i always saw Argentina kicked out from world cup due to poor defence.In modern football good attack can wins single match but good defence can wins tournament. He just 23 years more to come. Many young like Foyth, Belerdi,perez,martinez, Madina are on the same in centere back positions Argentina future is bright.

  12. Aston Villa vs Spurs 0-4. What a game. Emi and Cuti played the whole match.

    First of all I feel bad for Emi. He is one of the world best goalies. He does not deserve to play for a lowly Aston Villa. He needs to move somewhere.

    All 4 goals were hard to save but it was all due to the poor quality of the team itself. Emi got a rating of 5 from me.

    Cuti had a very good game. In first half he was a bit reckless. He committed some unnecessary fouls. But he bossed the second half. Super strong, super quick defensively, and just absolutely perfect. Cuti has already settled well and the Spurs look super strong right now. My rating for Cuti: 8.

    As for the Spurs, other than Cuti, the addition of Kulusevski and Bentancur have been massive. Paratici looks like the world best technical director by signing those 3 alone. No wonder why PSG want Paratici. Those 3 look like among the world best in their position: defense, midfield, and winger.

    I have no doubt that the Spurs will qualify to the CL next season as Spurs next 7 games are all against easy teams but Liverpool and Arsenal (at home). They are the hottest team in the EPL and yes Conte is a world class manager.

    I do expect some Argentines to move to Spurs, but only if they are promised to start. Position by position, here is what is available and not available at Spurs:
    GK: Lloris today was good but overall he looks average this season. I do want Emi Martinez to come here only if Emi is promised to start over the captain, Lloris. Emi would make them even more deadly.

    DCL: The Spurs are linked to many names but not Lisandro Martinez lately. But I would be happy if Licha comes as whoever new comer comes in as DCL will definitely replace Ben Davies as a starter. They have been linked to: Bastoni, Skriniar, De Vrij, Guardiol, Botman, etc.

    MC: Bentancur and Hojbjerg are untouchable. They have Skipp and Winks and Diop too next season. So Lo Celso, Paredes, any Argentine midfielders, please do NOT come to the Spurs.

    The wingbacks for both left and right: Argentina currently do not have the attacking wing backs the Spurs need. So no chance.

    Front 3: Son, Kane, and Kulusevski have started to look as scary as the Liverpool trio. The Spurs have been linked to Dybala and Lautaro Martinez. My verdict is please do NOT come to the Spurs as the trio of Spurs are untouchable. They only need the back ups of those trio as Moura and Bergwjin will likely leave next season. So stay away from the Spurs Dybala and Lautaro.

    So the only 2 Argentines that have a chance to start if the Spurs buy them are Emi Martinez and Licha Martinez. Yes the Spurs were linked to both especially Emi Martinez earlier this season.

    Oh almost forgot. Buendia played the last 20 minutes but hardly made any impact as the Spurs played a ridiculous futbol in the second half.

  13. I’m absolutely not convinced by Emi Martinez’s performance, he needs to replicate his Copa America form ASAP else he’s not going to start over Rulli, I’m afraid.
    Definitely the defense of Villa is absolutely shaky, but he needs to do better.

    • He couldn’t do much with none of those goals. It’s not the keeper…It’s the defense and midfield losing balls consistently and getting each other in-between plays. He’s a good steady player unlike Rulli who’s got Karius like mistakes in him. I haven’t watched Benitez and if they don’t pick him, atleast Musso should be No.2. All 4 keepers are excellent and as long as there’s good solid defense in the NT, it’s not easy for opponents as he’s another wall behind them to clean-up!

    • Spurs finishing was up to the mark. Perfect inch finishing. It’s not Martinez fault. If it was Alisson the result would be the same. If it was ederson it would have been 5-0. Atleast 2 goals were impossible to save. 1 was 1on 1 with son. Kulusevskis goal was yes savable. Rating of emi is 5.6. 😔. Romero played great. In a beast mode really. Buendia I think doesn’t suit in positions where dribbling needs more. He is good in defense splitting passes which I think as a central player works on. Macallister and buendia with all possibility is only good in a sub role for the NT. They won’t get in the strating 11.

    • Depaul form is not a concern at all. He is going through the same issue Messi is having at PSG, Locelso at Spurs and Coutinho at Barca. He simply doesn’t fit Simeone’s ultra defensive strategy. Similar to Messi, Depaul needs to receive more ball to create chances and supply his long range passes and the amount of ball he receives at Atletico is quite low compared to the national team.

      • Anyways, Simeone will be fired this summer, hope an attacking minded coach manages Atletico next summer, the first 6 months of the next season prior to the World cup is very vital for our players. They needs to be at their top state, both mentally and physically.

  14. Papu is super crucial for us. He is the first back up to either Lo Celso or De Paul. Behind him, there is nobody else. The gap between the main back up (Papu) and the back up of the back up is just too big.

    • Enzo Fernandez, lanzini and even buendia can be good backup. I feel papu gomez is not a backup. Depending on opposition either lo celso or papu gomez will play. There is practically nobody who can be the backup of depaul sadly.

    • Hope Papu stays injury-free and stays on-form for another year or so at the least until after the Worldcup. I think he’s similar to Lavezzi in 2014 that moved the ball up with his dribbling…I am hoping this would be the midfield for the Worldcup: Paredes, Depaul, Lo Celso, Papu, Guido & Lanzini.

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