Jose Mourinho says he is grateful to Lionel Messi because the Barcelona star helped make him a better coach.Although the Argentine sensation has never been coached by the Portuguese, the two have been on opposite sides several times as Barca lined up against Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid while Mourinho was in charge.And the 56-year-old says that he is indebted to the the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, as coming up against him has been vital in helping him progress as a manager. 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 “I always say that I owe so much to my players, and to those who haven’t been my players but those who created problems for me,” Mourinho told EFE .”For example, Messi never played for my team, but he played against me and he has made me a better coach for having to prepare matches [to stop him].”When I say Messi, I also mean the other great players I’ve faced.”Mourinho has been out of management since he was sacked by Manchester United in December. While he may not be working in the Premier League this season, he is excited to see how his former teams and rivals fare in the current campaign.”In the beginning of the season I was saying [Manchester] City, Liverpool and Tottenham will fight for the title,” he added.”I can risk it a little bit and say for me Tottenham is the third best team in the league and City and Liverpool are going to fight for the title. They are the two strongest teams, the two strongest squads. I think Tottenham are a little bit behind.”Then, between Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have to be fighting for fourth, but they will be looking back with a little bit of fear and a little bit of respect, because thanks to the investments by Everton and Leicester, they can be there pushing, trying to get into the top six.”The Premier League used to be a competition where four or five clubs are fighting for the title, but this year was too obvious. It was too obvious that it wouldn’t be a thing for six teams – for two, maximum three.”
12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men A year ago, a small upstart watch company named Undone had just broken into the timepiece industry, offering potential customers a uniquely personal experience.Instead of offering an array of their own styles and collections, Undone gave people the opportunity to fully customize their purchased watch right down to the color of the minute and second hands. If it was a leather banded, matte black brushed face of a watch, so be it — the Undone Customizer put the power in the hands of its customers. This year, the brand decided to take its novel approach even further, launching a customizable retro chronograph watch via the popular crowdfunding site, Kickstarter.Dubbed the Urban Vintage Collection, Undone’s latest addition to its lineup is a figurative time machine to what it calls the “golden age of horology,” otherwise known as the 1960s. Though its Kickstarter campaign allows potential backers the opportunity to pledge money toward several fixed designs, the company’s full customizer is also available for people to use to craft their own personal timepiece.“The Urban is a fusion of modern and vintage,” reads the Kickstarter campaign. “[It] comes in a highly detailed bespoke watch case that retains all signature vintage watch features, such as the super domed watch crystal, convex dial, stepped bezel, stepped round chronograph pushers, big crown, and straight lugs. While maintaining the retro look, the new Urban Chronograph has certainly incorporated our modern touch with subtle improvements.”Featuring inspiration from watch classics such as Breitling’s Navitimer, Heuer’s Autavia, and Omega’s Speedmaster, Undone’s fixed style Urban Chronographs ooze old-school style. Concerning its Kickstarter tenure, it’s apparent there are many who share this same sentiment. As of this writing, Undone’s campaign had already raised a whopping $155,950 to its goal of just $19,313 with 11 days left. What’s perhaps most impressive about these numbers is the fact the project was 300 percent funded in just 72 hours on Kickstarter — in other words, retro is in.There are few — if any — watch brands committed to allowing buyers full control over what a finished product looks like, yet Undone has taken this formula and perfected in just a year of operation. With its recent release of the Urban Chronograph not only does the brand appear actively focused on continuing what set it apart from the competition but it’s doing so in an extremely inexpensive way for its customers. For just $180, anyone has the option of making a wholly original Undone watch that will be built in the same factories used by high-end Swiss firms — that’s something even moderate timepiece enthusiasts can get excited about. Editors’ Recommendations Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A.
MONTREAL — Ontario’s transit agency has decided not to appeal a court ruling favouring Bombardier but will exclude the Montreal-based company from bidding to continue operating GO Transit trains as it has done for decades.Metrolinx said Friday that it will seek new operators to take over the suburban GO Transit and UP Express airport rail services after the current contract expires in 2023.The winning bidder to be chosen in about a year will first review the current operations by Bombardier and two other Canadian companies and then operate the services as it quadruples in size to 6,000 trains a week from 1,500.“We really need to bring in an internationally experienced operator (or consortium) to help us do this,” Metrolinx spokeswoman Anne Marie Aikins said in an interview.She said the existing operators wouldn’t be able to objectively review the current service and therefore won’t be eligible to bid.However, Aikins said the winning bidder wouldn’t be precluded from using the services of Bombardier and the other two companies to operate and maintain the trains.She said the contract with Bombardier is worth about $100 million a year.Eric Prud’homme, spokesman for Bombardier, said the company is “surprised” it won’t be allowed to bid and is studying the document from Metrolinx.Aikins denied that the decision to exclude Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) from bidding relates to the acrimonious relationship caused by repeated delays in providing a light rail transit prototype vehicle for the scheduled 2021 opening of the $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown line in Toronto.“Absolutely not at all,” she said.“They are very separate divisions of Bombardier and we’ve had a successful relationship for over 40 years.”Aikins said Metrolinx also decided to no longer appeal an April Ontario Court ruling that prevented it from cancelling the $770-million contract for 182 light rail cars without first going through dispute resolution. The deadline for launching the appeal was Friday.“We have decided to move on and concentrate on the dispute resolution,” she said.Prud’homme said Bombardier was pleased by the decision not to appeal.“We salute the decision and we are dedicated to finding a solution,” he said.Ontario has reached a $528-million agreement to buy 61 light rail vehicles from French manufacturer Alstom in case Bombardier is found to be in default at the end of the dispute resolution process.