Simeone backs Griezmann & Lemar to improve

first_imgDiego Simeone knows Atletico Madrid suffered in the absence of Antoine Greizmann late in their 1-0 La Liga win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, as the coach waits for the team to gel with star signing Thomas Lemar.Griezmann scored the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium and was substituted with 14 minutes to go, triggering a period of pressure from the visitors that Atleti were perhaps fortunate to survive.The 27-year-old attacking midfielder is still seeking full match fitness after his World Cup-winning exertions with France in June and July, but Simeone is well aware of his importance to the team.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Griezmann is [improving] his level,” he told a news conference.”It’s clear we’re looking [on the field] for a good player, he’s a very important player for us, the moment Griezmann stepped off the pitch the team couldn’t have any attacking situations. “We had a lot of good players but we couldn’t make any transitions. Then evidently with the passing of the minutes, we saw what had happened. “We won in the end, so it’s not easy to start, because to do well at the start of the season is always hard. “It’s clear that during the last 10 minutes we didn’t play well and our opponent played very well.”| #[email protected], @AntoGriezmann and @saulniguez spoke about #AtletiRayo #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/KONd101aD4— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) August 25, 2018Lemar, signed from Monaco in June, played the full 90 minutes on Saturday and should prove to be a valuable acquisition, if he can replicate the form that fired his former club to the Ligue 1 title and the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016-17.”Lemar is an important player,” Simeone said.”We needed him, the team needed a player like him to do a better job this season. If he’s closer to goal he’ll create more dangers. I think he can give us more than he has given us. “In the defensive part, in other areas he’s been doing a very good job with not that many matches with us and I think he’ll grow with the more matches, especially with the understanding of the footballers that are around him.”last_img read more

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Interview New Rules to Impact Ship Repair Market from 2019

first_imgThe new environmental regulations, such as Ballast Water Management Convention and the 2020 Sulphur Cap, which set to make great changes in the shipping industry, are expected to impact the ship repair market as well.Newport Shipping Group, a UK-registered drydocking services provider, which switched its focus from commercial ship management to drydocking services over the past two years, believes that the greatest impacts to yards would be visible in 2019 and 2020.Erol Sarikaya, CEO Newport Shipping, in an interview with World Maritime News said that today represents the lull before the storm.Erol Sarikaya, CEO Newport Shipping“Compliance with new regulations means vessels will require more days at a yard during their repair/retrofit, which combined with many owners deferring these costly decisions will increase the risk of backlogs and added days off-hire at shipyards in the years to come,” according to Sarikaya.Newport Shipping, which operates a global network of 5 yards with 13 drydocks capable of servicing 1,000 drydockings annually, recently added ship repair financing to its portfolio. This initiative would provide shipowners with an ability to stagger up to 60 pct of their drydocking payments into 12 or more monthly installments.Sarikaya explained that the main benefit the company offers is the ability to keep the majority cash otherwise earmarked for maintenance costs within the hands of shipowners.“By accepting deferred payments over 18 months, shipowners benefit by paying for these costs out of subsequent operations. This then allows owners to deploy cash towards more accretive uses such as vessel acquisitions, dividends, or providing a near term liquidity buffer.”Speaking about the yards’ key growth area today, he said that the possibility lies in retrofits as these require a higher degree of planning and coordination between shipowner, shipyard and maker towards minimizing offhire time.“Today, shipowners and technical managers are increasingly forced to do more with less. At Newport we are doing our part to work with shipowners in solving their needs whether that’s on procurement, ensuring yard slot availability for emergency needs, or providing owners with industry leading deferred payment terms to help owners see through the current weak market. Our vision is to build a global and comprehensive ship repair service directly addressing the most pressing needs of the modern shipowner,” Sarikaya said.Newport Shipping is exhibiting at this year’s Posidonia event in Greece.“We are delighted to have representatives from our yards, suppliers and specialist work teams who will join us as well, further demonstrating the value of established partnerships in providing a leading comprehensive service,” Sarikaya concluded.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Newport Shippinglast_img read more

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