First tango in Paris! Galactico stage finally belongs to Hazard

first_imgParis Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have been severely hampered by injury and suspension in the run-up to their glamour Champions League tie on Wednesday night at Parc des Princes.It should have been the most attractive game of the round, given the star quality in both camps. However, the squads look more ICC than Champions League even at this early stage of the season.PSG have spent big – too big according to some of those willing UEFA to rein them in – on talents like Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. In those three, Thomas Tuchel is in possession of a strike force capable of matching the output of Liverpool’s but he has been denied the opportunity to use them together. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Cavani and Mbappe are still injured having gone off at the end of August in a Ligue 1 game against Toulouse. Neymar, meanwhile, has shaken off the foot trouble that ruled him out of the Copa America for Brazil but is under suspension in the Champions League following his reaction to PSG’s elimination to Manchester United last season.With those three out it means a slightly surreal sight for some British football fans might well transpire, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting – relegated with Stoke City – starting up front.Madrid’s problems are stark too. It’s no secret that Zinedine Zidane has a core which he trusts, a core he will adhere to for as long as he can. But that core – a triple-Champions League winning core – is ruptured.Marco Asensio is of course a long-term injury absentee but Zidane’s plans have been furthered weakened.Sergio Ramos is suspended following his high jinks against Ajax in last season’s first knockout round. However, even if Ramos was permitted to play he would not be fit in any case.Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid 2019-20Fellow centre-back Nacho Fernandez is also ruled out through suspension meaning a makeshift central defensive duo of Raphael Varane and Eder Militao will be on show.To that injury list you can add Marcelo, who will cede his place in the line-up to the newly-acquired Ferland Mendy. Isco has had minutes in the league under Zidane this season but is injured too. The creative burden will instead fall to James Rodriguez, who is one of only three midfielders named in the travelling party for Paris alongside Toni Kroos and Casemiro.Luka Modric, the Ballon d’Or holder, is not playing either having been injured in the weekend win over Levante, as was Federico Valverde.Zidane and club president Florentino Perez may well be counting the cost of their failure to offload high earners like Gareth Bale and James over the summer, as they could not bring in a midfield player like Paul Pogba or Christian Eriksen instead.As things stand, Madrid look thin in that area and will be hoping for no more disruptions. The upshot of those two staying, at least, is that both have played well, with Bale scoring goals and James providing a bit of spark through the centre.So Zidane will be forced into deviating from his favoured line-up and actually using some of the €300 million-plus signings brought in over the summer. As well as Militao and Mendy, there will probably be a start for Eden Hazard.His own new-club preparations were curtailed due to a thigh injury in the off-season and, even before that, he looked well short of fitness in his friendly outings.But he was on hand to make his debut as a substitute at the weekend and, even if Madrid struggled to close out the game, the feedback on Hazard’s impact was solid.He made the trip to Belgium last week as the national team checked on his fitness ahead of their games against San Marino and Scotland, but it was decided that he should be held back.They didn’t miss him, racking up consecutive 4-0 wins, but Madrid could certainly use him this week.The most expensive player in their history, a unique dribbling talent, if Hazard has designs on winning Madrid fans over after a sluggish start, now would be the perfect time.The Galactico stage, finally, belongs to Eden Hazard.last_img read more

Position Statement – Hurricane Maria – TravelSafe

first_imgSeptember 19th, 2017 – On Saturday, September 16th, Tropical Storm Maria officially formed in the Atlantic Ocean and has since grown to hurricane strength. While travel suppliers and airlines are trying to reroute flights, some delays and cancellations are inevitable. TravelSafe understands those with plans to travel to this area will have questions about their coverage, and they are encouraged to call us 24/7 with any questions. It is important to note, don’t rush out to buy travel protection now to cover Maria as TravelSafe plans do not provide coverage for a storm that was already named prior to the purchase of travel protection. In this case, plans purchased on or after September 16th, 2017 will not cover losses related to Maria. Plans purchased on or before September 15th, 2017 may have coverage for this storm.  Following are some general guidelines regarding the various coverages available: Trip Delay – Additional meal and accommodation expenses may be reimbursed up to the amount provided by the plan if you have left home and travel is delayed 6 hours or more due to flight delays or cancellations. The dollar amount of coverage will be based on the plan you selected.  Please refer to your plan documents for complete details. Missed Connection – All of our plans also include the missed connection benefit if your flight is delayed for 3 hours or more.  This benefit can reimburse unused land and water arrangements and additional transportation to catch up to the trip.  The dollar amount of coverage for Missed Connection will vary depending on the plan you purchased.  For more details, please review your plan documents. Trip Interruption – TravelSafe plans offer Trip Interruption coverage for your travel arrangements if they are disrupted due to the storm and you must leave or return later than originally scheduled. Depending on the TravelSafe plan, covered reasons to interrupt the trip can include:  12 hour or more flight delay due to weather; home, work, or accommodations at your destination made uninhabitable; or a Hurricane warning from NOAA within 24 hours of departure.  Trip Interruption bases the dollar amount of coverage on the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan. To be certain that you have this protection, please review your plan documents or call TravelSafe. Trip Cancellation – Should your flight be delayed or canceled due to Maria, TravelSafe plans can cover cancellation penalties if you are not able to travel for 12 hours or more. Based on the plan selected, TravelSafe can also cover you if your destination is officially declared uninhabitable due to the storm, if your home or work place is made uninhabitable, or if your destination is under an official Hurricane warning issued by NOAA within 24 hours of the trip. A mandatory evacuation can also be considered, if when the evacuation ends and there is less than half or less than 4 days left of your trip. The dollar amount of coverage is determined by the amount of trip cost you insured on the plan.  Please read your plan documents for specific information. This information is a general overview of coverage benefits that may apply if travel plans are impacted by the storm.  The coverage available for Hurricane Maria and your trip will be based on the terms in your travel protection plan.  Please refer to your plan documents to learn more or contact TravelSafe with questions.  Agents are available 24/7 and happy to help.last_img read more