Between love and hate, Nahuel Guzmán seeks to bring rival forwards in Mexico to their knees

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The Argentine goalkeeper tried to save a penalty with a particular posture. They showed him the yellow, but his rival missed the shot. And, while garnering praise and criticism, he continues an interesting undefeated streak.

The Argentine Nahuel Guzmán, from Tigres, once again unleashed the controversy for his provocative way of being to tackle. The former Newell’s was at the center of the scene last weekend, in the victory against Cruz Azul for the fourteenth round of the Liga MX. Just started the second half, the Rosario, with the ball already in his hands, extended his leg to hit a rival and committed an unusual penalty. But the topic did not end there. Immediately afterwards, Guzmán chose to wait for the execution from 12 steps on his knees. The referee showed him a yellow card and indicated that he could not do what he was doing.

“Why can’t I be like this?” Guzmán asked over and over again, challenging the referee’s authority.

His strategy to deconcentrate the rival finally succeeded: Uruguayan Jonathan Rodriguez missed the penalty and Guzmán left his goal at zero.

In Mexican journalism there were voices that demanded the president of Tigres, Alejandro Rodríguez, and the coach, Ricardo Ferretti, a punishment to avoid more provocative behavior by Guzmán towards his rivals.

“Nobody takes away from him how good a goalkeeper he is, but he is a jerk who accompanies him in each of his interventions and this terrifies Tigres,” said journalist Fernando Schwartz.

However, from the official account of his team they defended the Argentine and published a video in which the goalkeeper can be seen stopping a kneeling penalty. “Nothing is chance,” they replied from Tigres.

Tigres got their fifth consecutive victory and they did it with the enormous Patón in the arc because in this winning streak they did not receive goals. The most recent one allowed by the goalkeeper who used to be part of the Argentine National Team was for the ninth round of the tournament, in a 1-1 draw with the leader, León.

And there is more. So far in 2020, the former Newell’s has 91% effective saves and is the goalkeeper who has had the most games without conceding a goal with 11 games with the fence undefeated.

This is why in Mexico, Guzmán awakens opposite feelings. On the one hand he is repudiated for his “follies” and on the other he is admired for his great performance defending the Tigres goal.

With the 496 minutes without conceding goals, he was placed in the tenth position of the goalkeeper list with the goal unbeaten in the history of the Mexican league. In fact, if Patón keeps his goal at zero on Saturday when his team faces Juárez, he will take a big leap and surpass four goalkeepers from that list: Francisco Castrejón (520 minutes), Carlos Novoa (543), Enrique Palos (548) , and Gibran Lajud (551).

And not only that because if he continues with the fence undefeated, Guzmán will equal the record for the most matches in a row without conceding a goal in the club’s history, which is six and was achieved by Mexican Enrique Palos not so far away in 2011.

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