first_img Antoine Griezmannbarcelonalionel messiluis suarez First Published: October 23, 2019, 1:02 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Prague: Barcelona will be looking to extend their five-game winning streak when they take on Champions League underdogs Slavia Prague in the teams’ first-ever encounter in Prague on Wednesday.Brushing aside political turmoil around them, Ernesto Valverde’s men eased past Eibar 3-0 away on Saturday with goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann. Their fifth straight competitive win — including a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan in their last Champions League game — took them to the top of La Liga a point ahead of Real Madrid.Last week the two giants agreed to postpone the Clasico, which would have been a showdown for the top league spot, from next Saturday to December because of the protests in Catalonia.In a much calmer Prague, reigning Czech champions Slavia came back from a goal down to see off minnows Pribram 3-1 on Saturday to secure a six-point lead in the Czech top flight.With two games played, Barcelona are second in the Champions League Group F with four points following the Milan win and a goalless draw with Dortmund who top the group on a goal difference.Slavia sit at the bottom with a single point after holding Inter to a 1-1 draw in Milan and a subsequent 2-0 loss to Dortmund at home.Barcelona relished their attacking form after the Eibar clash, giving Slavia a cause for concern.”There will be better or worse days, but we are getting to know each other little by little and we will go to more,” Griezmann said after the game.”Great players always understand each other and always meet. In the end, with time and with matches they will still find more and better,” added coach Valverde.UNBELIEVABLE FORWARDSAn underdog in Wednesday’s clash, Slavia are building up confidence, betting on a physical style and tireless pressing promoted by coach Jindrich Trpisovsky.Last season, they eliminated Sevilla from the Europa League before bowing out at the hands of Chelsea in the quarter-finals.”We’ll go to the pitch knowing we can succeed,” said defensive midfielder Tomas Soucek, the Slavia captain.”We want at least a point, we have proved we can face the giants and I believe we’ll give them a hard time at home,” added goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.The Czechs remember Barca’s last match in Prague where they were hosted by Viktoria Pilsen in the Champions League in 2011.Barcelona won 4-0 as Messi scored a hat-trick.”There are many players who can score, they all have a fantastic finish,” said Kolar.”We know how strong they are, particularly Messi, his left foot is exceptional and I think you can’t really get ready for that.”Soucek hailed Barca’s “three unbelievable forwards” Suarez, Messi and Griezmann.”It’s funny to think that we’ll swap the pennants with Messi and play against all these players,” he said.Barcelona, who took a day off Sunday before resuming training on Monday, will miss Sergi Roberto, who hurt his left knee at Eibar.Gerard Pique is likely to return to the team following a ban last_img read more

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAutograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of independent hotels, has welcomed four one-of-a-kind properties to its global portfolio, in the Florida Keys, New Orleans, Michigan and The Netherlands. Launched in 2010, Autograph Collection Hotels is a pioneer in the independent hotel space and has grown both aggressively and selectively from less than five hotels in 2010 to over 95 hotels today, making it not only Marriott International’s fastest growing brand, but one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the industry.The Collection’s latest additions include:The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection (Key West, Florida)Located on famous Duval Street just blocks from Mallory Square’s famed daily Key West Sunset Celebration, The Saint Hotel Key West, Autograph Collection provides the ultimate luxury destination to enjoy the island’s renowned festivals and water sport offerings. The one-of-a-kind, 36-room property, boasts a spontaneous, eccentric and edgy sophistication for even the most cultured traveller. Guests are met with the brand’s signature “Play Naughty, Sleep Saintly” atmosphere, infused with the laid-back lifestyle and Southern charm of Key West. Following a US$22 million dollar purchase and transformation, the property formerly known as the Southern Cross Hotel was rechristened The Saint Hotel Key West when it reopened in February 2015.Q&C Hotel and Bar, Autograph Collection (New Orleans, LA)The 196-room Q&C Hotel and Bar is ideally located between the French Quarter and the Central Business District in close proximity to all the major tourist attractions. The hotel is over 100 years old and located on the Historic Register. Following a complete renovation in 2014, the hotel now boasts brand-new luxurious modern rooms with Wi-Fi, 47-inch flatscreen TVs with tele-adapt wireless capability, fitness centre, convenient parking and pet-friendly amenities. The lobby has the warmth of a living room and embraces the entire hotel’s unique historic charm. Every dish served at Q&C Hotel and Bar is locally inspired and freshly prepared in the hotel’s open kitchen.Hotel Nassau Breda, Autograph Collection (Breda, The Netherlands)In the heart of the vibrant city of Breda, the Hotel Nassau Breda, which opened on 26 May 2016, redefines the Breda hotel market. The hotel is the perfect combination of rich history and contemporary comfort and luxury. On one of the oldest streets in the city centre, Three Court Houses, a convent and a beautiful chapel have been converted into a hotel with 95 rooms, several meeting spaces and a fine dining restaurant. The restaurant serves excellent dishes centring on a “Mad for food” philosophy.The Inn at Bay Harbor, Autograph Collection (Bay Harbor, Michigan)The stately Inn at Bay Harbor is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, where broad vistas form the background for some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. Calming hues and nautically-inspired patterns, textures and art provide a relaxing state of mind while enjoying the comforts of the hotel’s 123 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchens, living areas with Travertine stone fireplaces, marble baths, and breathtaking balcony views. The lobby – centred on a spectacular Schonbek chandelier with more than 34,000 gem-cut crystals and nearly 200 lights – has been modernised with a warm ambience to settle in from a day’s travels. Deep blue wingback chairs, rich leathers, marble tabletops, decorative lighting and a cosy fireplace flanked with bookshelves of northern Michigan memorabilia encourages guests to linger. The Inn’s full-service spa and salon provides the ultimate in luxury and pampering with services that evoke rest and restoration. Lakeside dining at its finest is served up in the all-new Vintage Chophouse | Wine Bar where guests can indulge, unwind, and soak in refreshing lake breezes in this classic all-American steakhouse.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more