Simeone demands hard work to end Atletico slump

first_imgDiego Simeone insists the only way Atletico Madrid can end their current slump is through hard work. The Argentinian leads his side into Champions League action on Tuesday against Monaco looking to turn around a poor start to the season, as they have picked up just five points from their opening four La Liga games. Such an underwhelming return has already seen them fall seven points behind league leaders Barcelona, but Simeone says he has seen enough to suggest Atleti are moving in the right direction.  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! “We have had ups and downs, with good match passages,” he said at his pre-match media conference. “The other day [a 1-1 draw with Eibar] there were good things. The only improvement I know in football is through work, it is the only way for the team to grow.”Simeone will come up against Leonardo Jardim at the Stade Louis II and he was full of praise for his opposite number ahead of the game.”Monaco have a very intelligent coach,” he added.”The team has always had to reinvent itself each year and that speaks very well of the coach, who has managed to make the team competitive. “It has a defined style and many possibilities.”One of those possibilities is Radamel Falcao, who played under Simeone at Atleti between 2011 and 2013. Our training session is underway!úpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 17, 2018″He behaved marvellously in the dressing room – we will give each other a hug,” Simeone replied when asked about the Colombian forward.Atleti’s Wanda Metropolitano will host this year’s Champions League final, but midfielder Koke insists they are not getting carried away about the chance of playing in the showpiece fixture on home soil.”For the club to host a Champions League final is something incredible that two or three years ago would have been impossible,” he said.”Our philosophy is to go from day to day and the important thing is to pass the group stage. That is what makes you continue in this competition and we are going to go for it.”last_img read more

Virat and Anushka Italian wedding in Tuscany: Everything about the destination venue, see pics

first_imgThree years ago, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Bride, Anushka Sharma said that if she were to have a destination wedding, it would be in ‘somewhere like a vineyard perhaps’. In 2017, as she and Indian skipper Virat Kohli are all set to tie the knot, Sharma has made sure vineyards are a big part of her wedding ceremony.The couple, along with their respective families, took off to Italy in the wee hours of Friday. While the initial speculation was that Kohli and Sharma were getting married in Milan, seems like they are not. Their big day is taking place just a little over four hours south of Milan, in a historic property called Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, South Italy.WHERE IS BORGO FINOCCHIETO?Borgo FinocchietoBorgo Finocchieto in Buoncovento is about an hour from the city of Tuscany and is known for its celebrity-endorsed resort. The property is a restored 13th Century village that has five villas. The word ‘borgo’ is Italian for ‘village’. ‘Finochietto’ in Italian means an orchard, or fields, of fennel. The owner of the Borgo bought the property in 2001, and is said to have spent eight years restoring the 13th Century village and giving it its present look.At once, the resort can accommodate 44 people in 22 rooms. That might explain why most of Virat and Anushka’s friends had to be left behind in India, waiting for a wedding reception in Mumbai on probably December 26. Borgo Finocchieto is at a distance of 34 kms from the Italian station of Siena and 2 kms from the Bibbiano Castle. Florence is an hour’s drive from the place, and Rome is two-and-a-half hours away. Borgo Finocchieto sits right next to Italy’s wine capital, Montalcino. Anushka’s vineyard wedding done right, we say!advertisementHISTORICAL IMPORTANCEThe property is a restored 13th Century villageAn entire village in Siena is now Borgo Finocchieto. Its historical importance lies in the fact that the erstwhile village was located on the Via Francigena, the road that the medieval pilgrims took to reach Rome from Canterbury some 800 years ago. The Via (road) connected the monastic stopovers of Monte Oliveto and Sant Antimo.Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are getting married in this Tuscan heaven The village probably hosted numerous pilgrims, merchants and adventurers through the centuries. You might want to go back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to refresh your memory of Siena and the journey that his pilgrims set out on.WEDDINGS IN BORGO FINOCCHIETOThe property has immense historical importanceYou can find the Borgo Finocchieto listed under ‘Exclusive Weddings in Italy’. The place promises to give you the experience of a lifetime and something to remember the big day by. They are famous for their rolling lawns, wine-tasting rooms and a gazebo. The Borgo is often booked for wedding parties and has seen several celebrity visits in the past.The owner of Borgo Finocchieto spent eight years restoring the villageThe Borgo Finocchieto comes with five independent and luxurious buildings, air-conditioned to make sure the heat of South Italy doesn’t bother you. The villas are named Finocchieto, Colussi, Filippi, Santa Teresa and Fede.CELEBRITIES AT BORGO FINOCCHIETOBorgo Finocchieto is among the most expensive holiday destinations in the worldThe place is famous for its high-profile guests. Remember the Obamas on their Tuscan vacation just this May? They were at the Borgo Finocchieto too. Barack and Michelle Obama, after leaving the White House, have been on a dream tour of sorts. Their May sojourn began in Milan, where the former US president delivered a speech on climate change, and the couple then headed to Borgo Finocchieto, where Virat and Anushka are now getting married.The property is right next to Italy’s wine capital, MontalcinoThe Borgo comes with a testimonial by the late American politician, Edward (Ted) Kennedy, who gushed, “Vicki (Victoria Kennedy) and I can’t thank you enough for having us at the Borgo. The wine, food and friends made for a special visit that we’ll never forget. We envy your small piece of Tuscan heaven and we’re grateful to you for sharing it with us…. With great appreciation and affection.”COSTSBorgo Finocchieto boasts of five villas that can accommodate 44 people at onceThe medieval villa sits right atop (is second actually, next to Hacienda Santa Ines in Costa Rica) Forbes’ list of 20 most expensive holiday destinations in the world. One week at the Borgo Finocchieto is going to set you back by at least Rs 1 crore. The rates range from Rs 6,50,000 to 14,00,000 per night.VIRAT AND ANUSHKABorgo Finocchieto is about an hour’s drive from TuscanyThe Borgo Finocchieto is completely booked till December 13, by when Virat and Anushka are expected to tie the knot. Sachin Tendulkar, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are among the very few people expected to be there.advertisementFor the next few days, a private security cordon around the heritage property keeps people out. A team of bhangra dancers have arrived and staying in nearby Bibbiano. Sangeet and other Punjabi wedding ceremonies are on. A quaint little village in Tuscany is getting a taste of Punjab. It sure will be a wedding to remember!(The writer tweets as @ananya116)FULL COVERAGE: Virat and Anushka’s Italian weddingALSO WATCH | Exclusive video from Borgo Finocchieto, Virat and Anushka’s stunning wedding venuelast_img read more