Difficult to explain what happened in the second semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup between Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. In fact, neither Blaugrana players are able to find solid arguments to reason for this elimination after having played one of the best games of the season. “Of a hundred games playing like this, we won ninety-nine insurance,” was the mantra that was heard in the Blaugrana expedition that departed this Friday to Barcelona.Although the faces were serious and cariacontecidos, there was no feeling of grief or anger that was experienced in the dressing room after the elimination against Rome and Liverpool in the Champions League the last two seasons. Here was more the image of an upset and bewildered team, convinced that things had been done very well for many minutes, but that he had inexplicably stolen his wallet in the last minutes.“Since I played against Atlético I had not had the feeling of such superiority”, confessed a heavyweight, aware that Barcelona had been a soccer steamroller for three quarters of the game. However, this manifest superiority did not end up reflected in the scoreboard, since Barcelona had the highest income of a goal of advantage, 2-1. In the locker room he was surprised, and much, that some voices called for the removal of Ernesto Valverde, especially since some consider that against Atlético the best game of the Valverde era was played. Hence, two of the heavyweights of the costumes came out quickly, Leo Messi and Luis Suarez, to give a capote to the coach and express his absolute support to the coach of Extremadura, thus stopping any speculation.By the way, Valverde plans to see the game again this weekend and summarize some of the plays to analyze it with the squad next week. It’s all about analyzing what happened in the last fifteen minutes when the team fell apart after having given a review from end to end the opponent.Thus, a painful defeat, but that will not leave sequels in the mood of the workforce, since it is perceived more as a punctual accident than anything else. In any case, Valverde gave his players three holidays -will not return until Monday- to disconnect the weekend with their families. A restful break to start the week with strength, thinking of LaLiga, where Barcelona is a leader tied with Real Madrid, and the Copa del Rey, which Barcelona is re-engaged in the competition in mid-January.
Tony Mayell, former head of Tourism NT has been appointed the Managing Director of Sydney based Insider Journeys.He joins Insider Journeys on Monday 26th September 2016 and will bring the benefit of more than 35 years’ experience in the travel industry, most recently as CEO and Managing Director of Tourism NT.Tony has held the positions of CEO and Managing Director of the Northern Territory Tourism Commission,CEO of Tourism Tasmania, Resort General Manager Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Managing Director Domestic & Online AOT Group, CEO World Travel Headquarters and General Manager Europe for the Australian Tourist Commission (now Tourism Australia).“Tony brings a wealth of business, operational and industry knowledge to this important role and it is good to work with him again after he left AOT to move to the Territory over a decade ago. Tony has a proven track record of succeeding and growing businesses in competitive markets,” Helloworld Executive Director Wholesale Cinzia Burnes said.“I am very excited about this new challenge and particularly happy to get back into the “commercial” side of the tourism industry”, Mr Mayell said.Tony will be replacing Insider Journeys’ founder, Paul Hole, who is finishing at the end of September. Insider Journeysbook hereSource = helloworld – Insider Journeys Tony Mayell appointed Managing Director – Insider Journeys