Tagliafico: We want to take the pressure off Messi

first_imgArgentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico has said his side want to take the pressure off superstar Lionel Messi ahead of their Copa America campaign. Messi is looking to win his first senior trophy with the Albiceleste, having lost three Copa America finals and one World Cup final during his international career. The 31-year-old is coming off another stellar individual campaign with Barcelona, having netted 51 goals in all competitions.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? An Argentina side in transition will need their talisman to be at his very best at the Copa America, which kicks off in Brazil later this month. But Tagliafico knows that his talismanic team-mate cannot do everything on his own.”It is hard to play against him and a plus watching him in your team,” Tagliafico told Goal. “We must work hard to avoid overloading him with pressure and allow him to enjoy things.”The 26-year-old admitted that winning the Copa America will be difficult for his side, who are trying not to get too ahead of themselves.”We will try to play a great Copa America but we are not thinking about being champions,” Tagliafico said. “We want to show our best version.”We all have the dream of becoming champions but we are in a transition stage and the ultimate goal is not being the champions, but creating a good group for doing everything possible to be champions.”TagliaficoTagliafico is another of those coming off an impressive club campaign with Ajax, where he starred for a side that won a league and cup double, and sensationally reached the Champions League semi-finals. The left-back had plenty of interest from clubs across Europe, but opted to sign a contract extension and stay with the Dutch side for at least one more season.”Together we decided to stay one more season and leave next season if it has to happen,” Tagliafico said. “We are now one of the strongest teams in Europe after reaching the Champions League semi-final. I am so happy in Amsterdam, the people love me and I feel so good.”So it is good to keep enjoying one more season and let’s see what happens in a year.”One player who is not staying in Amsterdam is Frenkie de Jong, with the Dutch midfielder on his way to join Barcelona. Tagliafico believes his former team-mate has everything it takes to succeed at the highest level. “Frenkie has huge qualities and he is so intelligent on the pitch,” Tagliafico said. “Frenkie will have success for sure in Barcelona.”last_img read more

The importance of training and simulators – all the latest news and

first_imgIn an article in the December issue of International Mining, John Chadwick looks at some of the latest ideas in training and the growing global simulator population. In particular he considers the Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) in South Africa that is becoming a world leader.There is also news of Fortescue Metals Group’s tenth anniversary of its pioneering Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC).Immersive Technologies stresses the importance of checking “if your operator training program [is] inefficient and failing to prove return on investment? Too often training is done ‘for the sake of it’ or only to fulfil a compliance requirement.Wenco has released its latest mine performance solution, Wenco Learning. This online learning system was built in conjunction with corporate training consultants PRIME Learning.In the simulator news of the article there are more examples from Immersive Technology and the example of how a leading Nevada gold mining company recently enhanced its training operations and capabilities by acquiring a new haul truck simulator. The 700MV simulator, purchased from Doron Precision Systems is installed in a custom mobile trailer and is used for training haul truck drivers at multiple sites in Nevada.CM Labs says its new Motor Grader Training Pack “is the most advanced grader simulation available today.”Normet uses custom-built training simulator solutions from Mevea. These solutions include a wide range of training exercises for operators and service personnel. As part of the simulation package that ForgeFX developed for Joy Global’s (now Komatsu Mining) P&H mining equipment line, a custom training simulator shown in the article trains workers to operate a 4100XPC electric rope shovel.Training for underground blasting took a technological leap forward with the installation and commissioning of Africa’s first virtual reality blast wall with rear-view projection, powered by Simulated Training Solutions, at the MRTA.The MRTA has four of the latest generation ThoroughTec CYBERMINE simulators for the training of underground equipment operators. These include a Sandvik DD320 drill rig, DS310 bolter, Toro 40D ADT and an LH517 LHD.Dassault Systèmes and Exa Corp, a global innovator in simulation software for product engineering, have signed a definitive merger agreement for Dassault Systèmes to acquire Exa. With the addition of Exa, Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform will provide customers, the company says, “with a proven, diverse portfolio of combined Lattice Boltzmann fluid simulation technologies, as well as Exa’s fully industrialised solutions and nearly 350 highly experienced simulation professionals.”last_img read more