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Another feat at St. Mary’s

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Without Mark Hughes, mediocrity left Southampton. There was never room for it.

A historic club in England saw their great present fade away and they surrounded themselves with escapists in the dark red zone of the Premier League. How was it possible to go to the Europa League and then fight for relegation? Call Hughes.

The Catholic religion seems to have had an influence; one day after a surprise draw against Manchester United, the club announced Ralph Hasenhüttl.

A change, a feat. A suitable technician would arrive to begin a process.

Since then, the Saints have reflected another face in the Premier League. Some of the features of that tidy, beautiful, exporter team in England are there.

Or where do you think these great Liverpool talents have come from?

With an open winter market, Southampton could be preparing something big for next season, this being the main objective.

Decline? This season will not exist. It would have to revive Mark Hughes.

St. Mary’s is preparing to start a project. The same one they had developed years ago, but they were victims of Top Six stalking.

By the way, the same Top Six they have made difficult: draws against Manchester United and Chelsea, victory against Arsenal and penalties against City of Guardiola.

Not bad, if you ask me.

The key to exporting clubs by nature is ideology. The philosophy of the teams is vital in these cases; the players will be able to leave, but not the ideals. In that way, you create a cycle. More or less successful, but regular. And from there, building is a possibility.

Southampton has moved again. A Stamford Bridge crossing has brought back the smiles. Hasenhüttl’s angry celebrations have given back the illusion.

St. Mary’s Church has witnessed (and perhaps starred in) another miracle: that the Saints were once again competitive in a season that aimed at the Championship.

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RiVer con V de Var

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River dominó a Cerro Porteño durante gran parte del partido en el estadio Monumental, pero no pudo reflejar en el resultado la diferencia que existió en cuanto a juego y actitud. De esa manera, el Millonario viajará a Paraguay con un resultado a favor de dos goles a cero gracias a su jugador estrella, el VAR, protagonista de las 2 anotaciones.

Marcelo Gallardo habló en conferencia de prensa sobre el VAR, MVP del encuentro: “Es una herramienta a la cual nos tenemos que habituar”, dijo el DT.

“Los errores siguen siendo humanos, más allá del VAR y de la forma en que se observe. Igualmente no tengo duda de que la falta a De La Cruz fue penal, al igual que la de Carrizo a Palacios. Así como también nos anularon bien un gol, porque Suárez la toca con la mano”, declaró el Muñeco en el Monumental. Luego siguió con el tema: “En nuestro continente venimos discutiendo hace rato y en ligas europeas también hay errores humanos. Los que estamos más habituados somos los que jugamos Copa, los demás no. A veces te juega a favor y a veces en contra”.

Gallardo estaba picante y puso en claro una realidad en América del Sur: “Si el VAR no se implementó en ligas locales es porque estamos atrasados. Pero habrá intención de que se comience a utilizar”.

Por último, no se enfocó en un posible cruce ante el máximo rival Millonario: “Sabemos lo que genera una posibilidad de enfrentar a Boca. Desde hace rato se habla de esto. Nosotros tenemos claro que no nos vamos a anticipar”.

River con R de Robo logró una cómoda victoria y da un paso hacia unas posibles semifinales ante Boca que emociona a todo el mundo del fútbol menos a Gallardo. La revancha frente a Cerro Porteño se jugará el próximo jueves en el estadio General Pablo Rojas de Asunción, escenario más conocido como La Nueva Olla.

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PSG worried with “Neymar deadline” as Real Madrid is hopeful

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Every day, a new offer for Neymar is announced in the European press. The latest is a “royal” combo: Real Madrid would be willing to pay 100 million euros plus three more players – Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, and Keylor Navas – for Neymar. I swear I would close a swap-deal with the likes of Bale and James for Neymar. I don’t know what’s going on PSG’s chairman’s mind, but they have denied this absurd proposal.

PSG keep playing hard in order to keep the Brazilian striker, having already declined offers from two other European giants, Barcelona and Juventus.

In Real, the three players included in the proposal are set to leave. The Spanish club almost negotiated the Welsh Gareth Bale to China, but the player refused the transfer. James Rodriguez has returned from Bayern Munich loan and is not in the plans of coach Zinedine Zidane. And Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas wants to go out for a better chance to play, as Belgian Thibaut Courtois, somehow, has Zidane’s trust to be the absolute starter.

Meanwhile, I see a move back to Barcelona very improbable at this transfer window. It will be officially closed in 10 days, and the only way Barcelona could land Neymar is to paying his full-price, as PSG doesn’t seem to want to see Neymar back at Catalunia. At the same time, a move back to Barca is clearly Neymar’s wish, but I see his priority as to get out of PSG as soon as possible.

So maybe even despite the efforts from Lionel Messi, who has reportedly called Neymar to try to change the Brazilian’s mind on not to join Madrid will be in vain.

At the same time, keeping Neymar would not be a good idea for PSG, as they would still have to pay his wages, and it’s not good to have an unsatisfied player within the squad. Clock is running for both PSG and Neymar. Where will Neymar Junior be playing in some weeks? Let’s wait and see, but apparently, this whole situation is coming to an end.

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CR7: “Any player who hasn’t proved anything is worth €100M nowadays”

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It seems like the inflated Football transfer market has been upsetting the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo. In a recent interview for Portuguese TV channel “TVI”, the legend has criticized the astronomical prices clubs have been paying for players who aren’t really worth that. I have a slight impression that Man United’s new signing Harry Maguire didn’t like it that much. Pass it on.

– Nowadays, prices are surreal. I’ll put aside the case of Joao Felix, but now any player without proving anything is worth a 100 million euros. This is madness. One sees center-halves and goalkeepers being transferred by astronomical values. But on the one hand, it is also good because it is a sign that the football business is alive and apparently in good health – said the 34-year-old who avoided setting a price tag for himself.

“When I see goalkeepers being sold at 75 million euros, a player who does what I do on the pitch and who scores goals has to be worth three, four times more. Easily.”

Besides that, he also gave his words on his childhood dreams back at Madeira Island:

– My dream was to be a soccer player, everyone told me I was a football star and I started to create this illusion. But if you ask me if I thought I would ever win a Golden Ball, two or three, I tell you I never thought about it. I know that obviously, the most important thing is to have talent, and this I have, but if you notice, great athletes from others sports, scientists or Nobel laureates, are all great workers. I like to copy good examples, not only in sports. All had great talent but were above all great workers.

And also on his move from Real Madrid to Juventus:

– Financially, I don’t need football to live well. I will live well throughout my whole life. There are projects, and this one from Juventus has caught my attention. It was a challenge. I had won it in England, Spain and was going to win here in Italy. And I got another record by winning the championship. I like challenges. For me, Madrid was already in my comfort zone. After winning 17 or 18 titles, it was one more. Routines were always the same. I wanted a new challenge, I am a person who aims the perfection in my area.

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