Mascherano is a keen follower of his country’s championship, and feels that at Newell’s, Martino had "a similar idea of football to the one at Barça … The names are different, but the idea is still to pass the ball from the back, with the full backs pushing forward into the midfield, and with a ‘false centre forward’. In Argentina they appreciated the way that, whatever the score, they always played the same way. That’s like Barça … I have never worked with him, but he changed the way Newell’s play, he transformed the team and they became Argentinian champions."
Deportivo La Coruna defender Juan Dominguez has taken leave after learning that two of his relatives were among the victims of Wednesday's fatal train crash in Spain. The 23-year-old centre-back, a native of Galicia who has spent his entire senior career at Deportivo, lost a cousin and an aunt in the crash near Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, which has claimed the lives of 80 people.
Reported Everton target Denis Cheryshev has signed a new contract with Real Madrid, the Spanish club have confirmed. Cheryshev had been linked to a host of other sides around Europe as well but the Primera Liga side released a statement saying that he has extended his contract at the Bernabeu.
Laurent Blanc has revealed Paris Saint-Germain's 64 million pound signing Edinson Cavani could make his debut for the club in a friendly against Real Madrid on Sunday. The Uruguay international will link up with his new teammates in Gothenburg this weekend and the 47-year-old PSG boss will assess his physical condition - and that of Thiago Silva - before making a decision over their participation.