Simeone: Felix has to keep improving

first_imgAtletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone said Joao Felix has to keep improving following his La Liga bow against Getafe.Felix had his first taste of Spanish top-flight football as Atletico opened their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 victory thanks to Alvaro Morata’s 23rd-minute header at home to Getafe on Sunday.A club-record €126 million signing from Benfica, Joao Felix was largely subdued by Getafe, but the 19-year-old did produce a stunning solo run from inside his own half to earn a second-half penalty, which Morata failed to convert. 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? The Portuguese sensation was substituted in the 66th minute following a knock with Simeone hoping for more from Felix now his La Liga debut is out of the way. “The first league game is not easy. It’s complex,” Simeone said. “We faced a team who tactically moves well defensively. They have not left him space in the first half so that he can take advantage of his game.”But, as an individual, he showed his power and hopefully these situations appear more often. He has to keep improving.”Joao Felix Atletico Madrid Getafe England international full-back Kieran Trippier also made his La Liga debut alongside Felix and Renan Lodi, after arriving from Champions League finalists Tottenham in the off-season.Trippier provided the inch-perfect cross for Morata to head past David Soria in Madrid, while Lodi was sent off following two yellow cards in quick succession prior to half-time after Getafe’s Jorge Molina had been controversially sent off at the conclusion of a VAR review moments earlier.”He played very well with depth, quality and precision,” Simeone said of Trippier.”His cross to Morata was great and he found a specialist like Morata.”On Morata – who led the line in the absence of injured team-mate Diego Costa – Simeone stressed that he was content with the Spaniard’s performance despite his failure to convert a penalty.  “From him I expect what he did in the whole game today,” he said. “Obviously having more forcefulness on the penalty, but Morata’s match was fantastic, he fought for all the balls, scored a goal and constantly generated danger.”Simeone was also asked about Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno, who has been tipped to join Atletico before the transfer windows shuts on September 2.”We cannot talk about Rodrigo, because he is in Valencia. We have to talk about the players who are here,” Simeone said.last_img read more

Canadian malls need to diversify to become destinations for shoppers say experts

Canadian malls need to diversify to become destinations for shoppers, say experts MONTREAL – The rise of online shopping is forcing Canadian malls to diversify and become destinations that offer a range of services including entertainment and sporting venues in addition to traditional clothing stores, a Montreal real estate conference heard Tuesday.“The mall has to become more interesting,” said Eric Foster, a real estate consultant who helped develop the large, mixed-use DIX30 shopping complex on Montreal’s south shore. Its amenities include 65 restaurants, food shopping, an indoor soccer venue and a training centre for the Montreal Canadiens.“We have to give different reasons for people to move out of the house, take the car and get to the mall in a nicer environment, with more choices,” said Foster.While some large mall owners are investing in changes, he said considerable spending is required because many properties in urban centres like Montreal are more than 40 years old.Power centres that only offer a series of big stores is not the answer, he added.Consumers of all ages, but particularly millennials, are seeking places to meet others and enjoy new experiences and malls can deliver that venue, said Emeka Mayes, director of acquisitions for First Capital Realty, one of Canada’s largest commercial property owners with 161 properties in four provinces.“I think it is important to not only try to fill the empty stores but to think more long-term to have a good mix of tenants,” she said.Manon Larose, vice-president of retail leasing for Quebec-based Cominar, said Canadian malls have to reinvent themselves to convince people to stay longer and spend more money.That includes adding daycare centres, medical facilities and gyms — a change from a few decades ago when some malls were loathe to even have supermarkets or restaurants occupy many parking spots, she said.“That’s what everybody wants: to create an environment where people can do many things.”Larose said Cominar is increasingly adding office and residential uses to commercial spaces.She said shopping centre owners can no longer rely just on fashion stores to drive overall retail sales.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 2:00 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 5:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more