31 May

‘Turbo’ Werner is Leipzig’s lethal goal machine set to mow down Spurs

first_imgMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himSo the early stages of the Champions League last 16 clash in north London could be vital.What Tottenham cannot afford to do is give up space, especially on the turnover.They have to be wary, because Leipzig are so good at turning defence into counter-attack very quickly and then taking full advantage.Tottenham vs RB Leipzig FREE – Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and betting odds for Champions League clash TOTTENHAM need to be careful not to be mowed down by Timo ‘Turbo’ Werner tonight.Another team in Leipzig may be called Lokomotive, but it is Julian Nagelsmann’s side who can really motor.22 Werner scoring one of his 20 Bundesliga goals this season, against Borussia DortmundCredit: Getty – ContributorLiverpool target Werner is the second top scorer in the Bundesliga with 20 goals in 22 games and in Germany he is nicknamed ‘Turbo’ Timo, because he is so quick.The worry for Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is his Serge Aurier often plays like a right-winger and leaves a lot of space behind him.And Leipzig are one of the top counter-attacking teams around.Tottenham cannot afford to have big gaps as Werner will look to exploit them and get in behind Aurier.It is something they have to be very careful with.As Tottenham are at home, the onus is on them to try to take something to Leipzig.But that does not mean Mourinho will not set them up as the away team to a certain extent. He will know all about the threat of Werner and Leipzig.GOAL MACHINEOnly Bayern and Dortmund have scored more than them in the Bundesliga and they have failed to hit the target only twice in the German top flight this campaign.They have a great away record in the league as well, with just two defeats from 11.Recently, they have been playing a 3-4-3, which really suits Angelino, who has come in from Manchester City at left wing-back.They can also play a 4-2-2-2, which worked really well for them under Ralph Hasenhuttl, who is now at Southampton.And they are fast starters. Because of their style of play, when they grab a goal, they do tend to go on and dominate.In the Bundesliga this season, they have scored first 11 times, winning ten and drawing one.last_img read more

17 Aug

AccorHotels completes acquisition of Mantra Group

first_imgPhoto: Simon McGrath, COO AccorHotels Pacific and Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia Pacific celebrate the acquisition at Peppers Soul, Gold CoastAccorHotels completes acquisition of Mantra GroupAccorHotels today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Mantra Group for $1.2 billion. The deal includes the Mantra, Peppers, BreakFree and Art Series brands, representing 138 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Bali.Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels Asia Pacific said, “The Mantra Group is the latest chapter in the strong growth story of AccorHotels in the region.  Since our launch with the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour in 1991, AccorHotels has become the largest hotel group in the Pacific, and Australia has always played a key role in that story.“AccorHotels is a significant contributor to the Australian tourism industry, and this deal is a signal of our confidence in Australia both as an attractive destination for global travellers but also as a feeder market for our Asia Pacific and wider network.”At the close of the deal, AccorHotels will operate over 330 hotels and resorts across Australia and over 900 throughout Asia Pacific. AccorHotels will also be the largest employer on the Gold Coast, outside of government.Simon McGrath, COO of AccorHotels Pacific said, “The Mantra Group brands will enhance AccorHotels’ portfolio and create new opportunities for our people, partners and guests. We believe that tourism is critical to the economic growth of the region and future job creation and this deal will allow us to further develop the industry.”Mr McGrath added that innovative growth was a hallmark of both AccorHotels and the Mantra Group. “Our innovation in economic business models, brands and customer initiatives has fueled our growth over the last 27 years and the Mantra Group has built an innovative business focused on the best partnership experience for its 10,000 strata title owners,” he said.  “Under Bob East’s leadership this bespoke approach and responsiveness has seen it maintain and grow rooms under management.  We see enormous value in leveraging Mantra Group’s entrepreneurial spirit and expertise to create new opportunities.“Mantra’s brands and properties perfectly complement the AccorHotels network and will enable us to provide new destinations and new experiences for our guests. We look forward to combining the talent and expertise of both groups to create an even more innovative, agile and dynamic team.”Bob East, CEO of Mantra Group said, “I am immensely proud of the great company we’ve built and what we’ve achieved as an Australian-based business. It’s been an enjoyable journey for me leading the team since 2007 through to our float on the ASX in 2014 and now closing this deal with AccorHotels.  I have enormous belief in the business and the team here is looking forward to working with Simon and AccorHotels to continue this success.”The Mantra Group leadership team will continue to be based in the Gold Coast office, reporting to Mr McGrath, in line with all other AccorHotels Pacific business units.“I’m looking forward to getting my feet under the desk at the Gold Coast, working with the team and getting to know the detail of this business. We welcome our Mantra colleagues to AccorHotels and together, we will benefit from our shared values, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit,” Mr McGrath said.Source = AccorHotelslast_img read more