Sarri ‘very happy’ with Juventus win – Martusciello

first_imgJuventus assistant Giovanni Martusciello said Maurizio Sarri was “very happy” with Saturday’s win over Parma after speaking to the absent head coach before, during and after the Serie A opener. Sarri was not in the dugout as eight-time reigning Serie A champions Juventus kicked off their title defence with a 1-0 victory at Parma thanks to Giorgio Chiellini. Martusciello took charge of the match as Sarri recovers from pneumonia – the former Chelsea boss also set to miss the clash against Napoli.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? After the match, Martusciello told reporters: “We spoke to Sarri many times in the morning. “Clearly for him it’s quite difficult to stay away from the team and therefore he wanted to know whatever was happening, the conditions of the lads, how they were living the beginning of the league. “And we also spoke to him before the game, during the break and at the end of the game. He was very happy for the result, but a bit angry as well because he is a perfectionist. “When something doesn’t go in the direction he wants, clearly he gets a bit angry. He was happy of what the lads did in the first half and above all he was super happy of how the team dealt with the moment of suffering in the game. “I mean that when Parma played more aggressively, and we were struggling physically, the team resisted among the difficulties and that’s not a trait of many teams.” Gonzalo Higuain started for Juve against Parma, with reported Paris Saint-Germain target Paulo Dybala named on the bench. Higuain – whose Juve future looked bleak following unsuccessful loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea in 2018-19 – played 83 minutes, while Dybala was an unused substitute. “Let’s say that we made a clear consideration: to avoid putting players – in this context, first game against a very well organised team like Parma – to put players where they were used to playing, in their usual roles,” Martusciello said. “The choice about Higuain and Dybala goes in that direction. “He’s a player that is born as a central striker, and so we went in that direction. That doesn’t mean that in the future Dybala won’t be the central striker. Here we have to deal with many top players, we have to make choices and those choices are part of the coach’s job and we have to put 11 on the pitch. But today’s choice was only inspired by a ‘solidity of habits’.”last_img read more

Germany vs Netherlands: Werner starts up front

first_imgGermany can heap the pressure on the Netherlands in Euro 2020 qualifying Group C while taking a major step towards the finals themselves when the two giants clash at the Volksparkstadion on Friday.Having won three fixtures from three, including a 3-2 success in Amsterdam, the hosts are well on their way to qualifying after the disaster that was their 2018 World Cup campaign.The Netherlands, who did not even reach Russia, have played only twice but trail pool leaders Northern Ireland by nine points, though the first-place side have played two additional games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream With the Dutch under pressure, there is much riding on the match in Hamburg. Game Germany vs Netherlands Date Friday, September 6 Time 7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream ESPN 2 / TUDN USA / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown live on Sky Sports Mix and can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Mix Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Germany squad Goalkeepers Neuer, Leno, Ter Stegen Defenders Ginter, Tah, Klostermann, Schulz, Sule, Halstenberg, Stark, Kehrer Midfielders Hector, Kimmich, Havertz, Kroos, Brandt, Reus, Gnabry, Gundogan, Can Forwards Werner, Waldschmidt Leroy Sane, who was on target when the sides met in March, is the most notable absentee for Germany as he sits out with a knee ligament injury. Julian Draxler and Leon Goretzka are also missing.Germany starting XI: Neuer; Ginter, Sule, Tah, Klostermann, Schulz; Kimmich, Kroos; Gnabry, Werner, Reus Position Netherlands squad Goalkeepers Cillessen, Zoet, Vermeer Defenders Blind, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Veltman, De Ligt, Ake, Van Aanholt, Dumfries Midfielders Wijnaldum, Strootman, Propper, Vilhena, De Roon, De Jong Forwards Babel, Depay, Promes, De Jong, Berghuis, Bergwijn, Malen Netherlands have all their star players available and boast a nice mix of youth and experience in a high-quality side.Memphis Depay, who has 16 international goals, will lead the line.Netherlands starting XI: Cillessen; Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Blind; Wijnaldum, De Jong, De Roon; Promes, Depay, BabelBetting & Match Odds Germany are odds on favourites to win this game, priced 19/20 at  bet365 . The Netherlands are on offer at 14/5, while a draw can be backed at 3/1.Click here to see all of bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Virgil van Dijk Netherlands 2019-20Germany are well on the way to banishing the memories of their dreadful 2018 World Cup, with three wins from three carrying them into a healthy position in Euro 2020 qualifying ahead of a crunch meeting with the Netherlands in Hamburg.A 3-2 victory when the sides last met has the potential to be a pivotal result in the group, with Nico Schulz putting the brakes on the Dutch comeback in the last minute at the Johan Cruyff Arena in March.Since, Joachim Low’s side have overcome a tricky away trip to Belarus with a 2-0 win, and a home match against Estonia, in which they ran out 8-0 winners.“We’ve managed to change well, and that was a difficult endeavour after the World Cup,” Low told the media, also taking time to praise their opponents. “The Dutch have also developed enormously in recent years.”Indeed, football in the Netherlands has responded impressively to their failure to qualify for the Russia World Cup. While the national team pushed through to the Nations League final, where they fell against Portugal, a crop of thrilling young stars led by Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt broke through at Ajax, came within a whisker of the Champions League final and have since moved on to the continent’s biggest clubs.That Nations League participation means Ronald Koeman’s side have played at least one game fewer than their rivals in qualifying, which makes the table look ugly for the Dutch. However, he refuses to be intimated.“The duel with Germany is not a key match,” he said. “We have to get 12 points against Estonia and Belarus and be better in the two games with Northern Ireland.”Decisive it may not be, but taking a win in Hamburg would ease the pressure on Oranje in the potentially tricky matches to come.last_img read more

Viking Enters Agreement With Fincantieri for Six Additional Ocean Ships

first_imgNew Options Would Bring Viking’s Ocean Fleet to 16 Ships by 2027   Los Angeles (March 6, 2018) – Viking® (www.vikingruises.com) today announced a new agreement with Fincantieri that could see the delivery of six additional ocean ships by 2027. The new understanding expands Viking’s partnership with Fincantieri, raising the company’s total ocean ship order and options to 16 – the highest-ever for a shipyard from a single owner. The agreement for the six additional ships, which will be delivered in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027, is subject to specific conditions. “When we launched our first ocean ship in 2015, we set out to reinvent ocean cruising. We focus on the destination, and we do not cram our ships with gimmicks and waterslides. Our understated, elegant, award-winning ships are designed to simply enable our guests to better explore their destination,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “In our first two years of operation, we have been named the #1 Ocean Cruise Line, and this new order speaks to the positive response we have received from our guests and the industry. As we continue to expand our brand, we look forward to bringing guests to more destinations around the world and introducing them to the Viking way of exploration.” This announcement comes just prior to the naming of Viking’s fourth ocean ship, Viking Sun®, on March 8 in Shanghai. The ship is currently sailing Viking’s sold-out 141-day World Cruise from Miami to London, and its stop in Shanghai will mark the first time one of Viking’s ocean ships has called in China. Viking Sun will also be the first-ever cruise ship to be named in Shanghai. Classified by Cruise Critic® as “small ships,” Viking’s all-veranda ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, have 465 staterooms and host 930 guests.Viking Sun is the newest addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star®, Viking Sea® and Viking Sky®. Viking will welcome two more sister ships in the next two years, including Viking Orion® in June 2018. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter® in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are now on order for delivery starting in 2021, which will bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027.  About Viking CruisesViking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia and is now the leader in river and small ship ocean cruising. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first two years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 and 2017 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 63 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. By 2027 the company will operate 16 930-guest ocean cruise ships. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.last_img read more

The Lazy Mans Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider

first_img 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know By the time you hit the tender age of 21, we’ll bet that you’ve already made or at the very least thought about making your own hooch. Maybe you did it in your dorm room, hidden in a back room of the house you shared with nine other dudes. Or, maybe you wanted a big boy hobby and bought a home brew system with your first real paycheck. Or, maybe you’ve done none of this and just decided, “I think it’s high time I make some booze.”The problem with the last option, though, is that the price of homebrewing equipment can add up pretty quickly (especially if you want high-quality gear). Carboys, kegerators, countless tubes and siphons — they all cost money. Then, when you screw something up (as you inevitably do from time to time), you’ve not only wasted your money but also your time. That’s where homemade hard cider comes in.Bhofack2/Getty ImagesHard cider is so, so much easier to make than beer, yet the brewing process still allows for just as much creativity and expression. With the right tools, you can prepare a batch of hard cider in just a single weekend. Here’s how it’s done.SummaryFrom a broad perspective, learning to make hard cider and then actually making it is fairly straightforward. You basically just get yourself some fresh apple juice (either by mashing the apples yourself, or buying pre-squeezed juice), add some yeast (Champagne yeast is a great choice), then wait a few weeks for everything to ferment. There are a few finer points to it, but that’s the overall idea.What You Need to Make Hard Cider2 1-gallon glass carboys (aka demijohns) with lidsAirlockBung (aka “stopper with a hole in it,” which are often included with the airlock)1.5-pint glass jar with lidFunnelMeasuring glassSiphon hoseStar SanMortal and pestle (optional)While you might get lucky and be able to score the equipment above on sites like Craigslist, you can look for it at a local homebrew shop or on websites such as Northern Brewer. Another great option is Amazon — you can find carboy kits with the airlock and bung for about $15 and deals on large-volume carboys.No matter where your gear comes from, make sure it’s completely sterile. That’s what the Star San is for.Deborah Faulkner/Getty ImagesIngredients to Make Hard Cider1 gallon fresh-pressed apple juice1 packet Champagne yeast1 Campden tabletThe apple juice can be obtained however you choose, but make sure that it’s as fresh and pure as possible. The most badass way to do this is to mash and juice the apples yourself, but that can be a bit of a labor-intensive activity, so we understand if you’re not up for it. If you are, however, there are all kinds of DIY tutorials for making your own cider press online.Your other option is to buy pre-squeezed apple juice from a store or farmers market. If you go that route, make sure to read the label. Store-bought stuff often contains preservatives (especially if the juice came from outside your state), which can inhibit or prevent fermentation. Avoid anything with preservative chemicals like potassium sulfate or sodium benzoate. These prevent bacteria (yeast included) from growing in the juice — which unfortunately means it won’t ferment. That said, don’t shy away from stuff that’s “UV-treated” or “heat-pasteurized” though — that stuff doesn’t hinder fermentation at all.Brewing Your Hard CiderStep 1Before starting, don’t forget to sterilize everything with Star San. This will prevent any wild, unwanted bacteria from ruining your brew.Step 2Funnel your juice into the glass carboy, and, with your mortar and pestle (or with the back of a spoon), crush the Camden tablet. Add the crushed tablet into the juice; this will help kill any bacteria or natural yeasts that might be present in juice and allow for the selected Champagne yeast to thrive once it is introduced. Put on the cap, and give a gentle shake. Set aside for 48 hours. After 48 hours, pour 1 cup of the liquid from the carboy into a clean glass jar and freeze for use later in the recipe.Ron Bailey/Getty ImagesStep 3In a measuring glass, re-hydrate the Champagne yeast according to the instructions on the packet and add to the juice-filled carboy. Fit the bung and airlock into the carboy, Open and carefully add a bit of water to the airlock (look for a fill line somewhere in the middle). This will let CO2 gasses out without letting oxygen in. Check up on it periodically and make sure that the water level remains constant for the duration of the fermentation process.Step 4Place your carboy in a tray, or at the very least, on top of a towel, just in case overflow occurs during the start of fermentation, which should begin in 24 to 48 hours. Once fermentation begins you can safely place your container in a dark cool spot to do its work. Ideally, fermentation should occur at around 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (a deep basement or an unheated garage in spring or fall should work). Check up on it daily, and take notes if you want to for future cider projects.Step 5At three weeks, take that reserved frozen juice out of the freezer and funnel it into the fermenting cider. The sugars in this reserved juice will then start to ferment so be sure to recap with airlock and bung.Step 6Fermentation can take anywhere from four to 12 weeks to complete — you’ll know fermentation is finished when you no longer see tiny bubbles rising to the top. When all foaming and bubbles have subsided, siphon the cider into a clean glass carboy, taking care to not transfer over any of the dregs at the bottom of the fermentation jug by keeping the hose just above the sediment. Either cap and refrigerate in a gallon jug or funnel into swing-top bottles leaving 1.5-inch headspace at the top (you’ll need about seven 500-ml bottles per gallon of cider). Keep refrigerated and drink within one month to ensure fermentation doesn’t restart as it could cause pressure to build and the glass to shatter. If you want to store the cider for longer, check with your local homebrew shop about stabilization options.Article first published by Drew Prindle on March 4, 2016. 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