Hot Take !

Hot Take !


Holding back, then exploding. Against Real Madrid on Tuesday, the club where he officially spent three seasons, Take Kubo scored, with Real Sociedad. What if he had first decided not to celebrate a goal that provisionally gave the white-blue facing 2e de Liga (final score 2-0), he will end his celebration on his knees, overcome by emotion. The old of the White House even became the first Japanese player to score a goal against the You meringues in La Liga. A strong symbol for those who, trained at La Masia, are living the best season of their life at the Reale Arena.

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Last wheel of the carriage in the capital, the number 14 of Real Sociedad had never put on the white jersey despite three years spent at the club. His return to Spain, after being forced to return to Japan following FIFA sanctions against Barça for non-compliance with transfers of minors, he spent it criss-crossing the peninsula: Mallorca, then Villarreal, Getafe and a new visit to Majorca. Before leaving Madrid for good to join Real Sociedad against 6.5 million euros. A dry check, with no redemption option or strange clause allowing it to be repatriated for cheap. Committed for good to a long-term project, at the age of 21 he discovered a healthier environment, where he started every weekend and even played a few European Cup matches. Placed as a free electron in the attacking duo of a perfectly tuned 4-3-1-2, he is the man in charge of creating the difference, of making his “boldness” in the last third, a term that is very dear to him and that he often mentions to analyze the team’s performance. A role in which he quickly became essential, especially when David Silva was missing. In La Liga this season, he started 24 times out of 31 games, for what remains today the best record of his career: 8 goals and 5 assists.

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To the point of pushing Carlo Ancelotti, who for a long time looked down on him when he filled the ranks of Castilla, to reconsider the kid who had grown up. “He is doing very well, and we are interested in him. We will see in the next few months. The problem is that there is a lot of competition here and there are not enough minutes for everyone.conceded the Italian technician before this 33e La Liga matchday, which should only confirm these words after the fact. And the coach who took him under his wing in the Basque Country, Imanol Alguacil, does not intend to see his little protege being hit on in such a way by his ex: “I see him as a Txuri-urdin. He more than proved his commitment and his attachment to this jersey. » Like Martin Odegaard before him, Take Kubo smiled again in San Sebastian, and even made people forget the few critics from Basque fans who prefer local players, making them laugh today for his outspokenness.

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Like when he broke the record for the number of goals scored by a Japanese in the Spanish league at the beginning of the month against Getafe and was asked how it felt: “The truth is that there have been quite a few Japanese in La Liga, right? It doesn’t count the same if a Spaniard scores six goals or a Japanese scores six.” he answers between humility and lack of media training. Author of a fox goal from the surfaces against Real Madrid on Tuesday, following a pass too strong from Militão to Courtois, he puts his performance into perspective despite a still very successful performance on the lawn of Anoeta. “It’s a fundamental victory, it was the most complicated rival we played against at home. We pressed very well, and I managed to score, but it could have been anyone.”he summarizes with his eyes hidden behind his wick at the microphone of Movistar. And if we are to believe his pithy declarations, scoring against Real Madrid has no particular affect for him: “They’re a big club, one of the biggest clubs in the world, so scoring against them is always nice. But it’s cool because I think my name will be in the papers tomorrow! »

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