Predrag Mijatovic does not think Eden Hazard is capable of achieving the same levels of performance as Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.The former Chelsea winger completed a big-money switch to the Bernabeu in the summer and is expected to play a key role for Zinedine Zidane’s side as they look to improve on a disappointing 2018-19 campaign.Replicating Ronaldo’s impact during his time at Madrid will be a tough ask, however, with the Juventus star having scored an incredible 450 goals in 438 games in all competitions for Los Blancos. 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 Hazard has yet to make his competitive debut for Real after it was announced he had suffered a hamstring injury a day before their Liga opener against Celta Vigo on August 17.Madrid won that game 3-1 despite a red card for Luka Modric, while they followed that up with a 1-1 home draw with Real Valladolid to leave them in third place in the table after two matches.With Goal having learned that Hazard is due to be sidelined for up to four weeks, he is likely to be absent again for the club’s next match against Villarreal before a possible debut after the international break against Levante on September 14.And, while Mijatovic believes that the Belgian is one of the best players in the world, it will be “impossible” for him to have the same impact as Ronaldo in the Spanish capital.He told Goal: “Hazard is a very good player, for sure. He is one of the best players in Europe. But, in my opinion, we can’t expect him to do what Cristiano Ronaldo did. In my opinion, it’s impossible – there is no player who can play like Ronaldo.”The pressure at Madrid is different to the pressure at Chelsea and you need some time to handle that.”Zidane will be hoping that the signing of Hazard in particular will help Madrid improve on their third-place finish from last season – a campaign made worse by the fact that champions Barca were 19 points ahead of them.Madrid have already had a busy summer but, with the transfer window in Spain not closing until September 2, there is also the chance for further additions, with Neymar continuing to be linked with a potential switch to the Bernabeu.And, speaking about his former side’s prospects for the 2019-20 season, Mijatovic added: “It’s still a big team, with big players. The new players who came in, they have to adapt – that’s normal at such a big club.”This season probably won’t be easy – it’s never easy at Madrid with the pressure. But I’m very optimistic that they’ll compete for titles, this won’t change.”
The 2019-20 Premier League fixtures have been confirmed and fans will be marking the calendar for the games they definitely want to see.Luckily for those who can’t make games in person, the Premier League is broadcast to supporters worldwide and Amazon Prime has joined the list of platforms showing matches in the United Kingdom.The live-streaming service, which has already dipped its toe into the drama of English football with documentaries about Manchester City and Steven Gerrard , secured a three-year UK broadcast deal until 2022. 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 Ahead of the new season, Goal brings you everything you need to know about Amazon Prime’s Premier League offering.Which 2019-20 Premier League matches will be on Amazon Prime? Amazon Prime will broadcast a total of 20 Premier League matches a season for the next three seasons.The first games to be shown will be the midweek games in early December, which include a clash between Manchester United and Tottenham as well as the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton.After that, the next batch of games available to stream live on Amazon Prime will be the Boxing Day matches.Among the encounters taking place that day are: Manchester United vs Newcastle United, Leicester vs Liverpool and Chelsea vs Southampton.You can see the full list of 2019-20 Premier League games on Amazon Prime below.Tuesday December 3, 2019 Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth (7:30pm GMT) Burnley vs Man City (8:15pm GMT) Wednesday December 4, 2019 Chelsea vs Aston Villa (7:30pm GMT) Leicester vs Watford (7:30pm GMT) Man Utd vs Spurs (7:30pm GMT) Southampton vs Norwich (7:30pm GMT) Wolves vs West Ham (7:30pm GMT) Liverpool vs Everton (8:15pm GMT) Thursday December 5, 2019 Sheffield Utd vs Newcastle (7:30pm GMT) Arsenal vs Brighton (8:15pm GMT) Thursday December 26, 2019 Tottenham vs Brighton (12:30 GMT) Bournemouth vs Arsenal (3pm GMT) Aston Villa vs Norwich (3pm GMT) Chelsea vs Southampton (3pm GMT) Crystal Palace vs West Ham (3pm GMT) Everton vs Burnley (3pm GMT) Sheffield Utd vs Watford (3pm GMT) Man Utd vs Newcastle (5:30pm GMT) Leicester vs Liverpool (8pm GMT) Friday December 27, 2019 Wolves vs Man City (7:45pm GMT) As well as the above selection of live matches, Amazon Prime will also offer users the chance to see game highlights each week.How much does it cost to watch Premier League on Amazon Prime? In order to watch Premier League matches on Amazon Prime you need to be a subscriber to the service.A yearly subscription to Amazon Prime costs £79 a year or £7.99 a month, similar to other streaming services such as Netflix. There is a 30-day free trial on offer for new members too.It can be watched on any smart TV, mobile device or via an Amazon Fire Stick.Of course, a subscription will not only grant access to live games and highlights, but the full range of Amazon Prime programmes, including the aforementioned documentaries and others including ‘Take the Ball, Pass the Ball’, which focuses on the Guardiola-era Barcelona team, and the Zlatan Ibrahimovic study, ‘Becoming Zlatan’. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Interview By : Angela Ogg, Contributing Editor for Travel Professional NEWS® Interviewing: Carla Campos, Senior Acting Executive Director, The Puerto Rico Tourism Company First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to speak with us in regards to the current situation in Puerto Rico. In a recent article, we learned of Meaningful Travel and after all of the devastation from the Hurricanes last year, we are excited to learn of ways that we can all help. Can you please describe some of the catastrophic damage created by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the social unrest it caused on September 20, 2016. As of right now, how is Puerto Rico’s state and how is the community handling it? The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) continues to collaborate with other government agencies and industry partners to ensure that the vital contribution the tourism industry provides to the economic development of the Island holds steady and continues to grow. The great progress we have shown in the tourism sector is a sign of the resiliency and strength of our people and confidence that travel partners have in us as a destination that has it all. In fact, this past December 20th, the PRTC announced that the Island is officially open for tourism – just in time for travelers to experience the longest holiday season in the world. In a recent article, it mentioned that people could visit Puerto Rico and actually help rebuilding efforts in December, will there be other opportunities in the New Year to help as well? If so, how long will the public have this opportunity to help? The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) is inviting travelers to be part of the Island’s comeback with a “Meaningful Travel” initiative, inviting locals, Puerto Ricans abroad, and others to travel with a purpose to Puerto Rico this holiday season. The initiative was launched in response to the high demand from loyal travelers wanting to help while also visiting. Travelers can visit See Puerto Rico’sFacebook page for updates on upcoming Rebuild Days and SeePuertoRico.com for a list of local organizations who are also organizing rebuilding efforts. Previously, we’ve held Rebuild Days in locations such as Camuy Cave Park, Crash Boat Beach and Seven Seas. Can travelers assist just by visiting Puerto Rico? Tourism is a vital contributor to the Island’s economy. And you’re right, travelers can best support the Island right now by visiting, staying at hotels and other accommodations, eating at restaurants and buying from local businesses. 122 of 149 PRTC endorsed hotels are open and operating. Island-wide, more than 4,000 restaurants are taking orders and serving up delicious cuisine. 107 tourist attractions are open, as well. For the latest updates on operating hotels, open attractions and more, travelers can visit puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/. What other things can our readers do if they are unable to go on these trips? They can help us spread the word that we’re back and ready to welcome visitors with open arms. And, for people who want to help but are unable to visit, we suggest donating to Unidos Por Puerto Rico. How else can we make sure the Puerto Rico isn’t forgotten and is taken care of? Puerto Rico has so much to offer visitors to leave them enchanted; everything from beaches to historical sites and museums, to a booming arts scene, to amazing an culinary scene, just to name a few. It’s about offering people experiences that will give them memories for a lifetime. The best way to help Puerto Rico is by visiting Puerto Rico. Thankfully, San Juan continues to progress every day and is to welcome visitors who want to enjoy what we have to offer right now. Tourism helps support the Island’s economy while we rebuild a stronger, better Puerto Rico. It’s the support from our travel partners, like cruise and airlines and their visitors that will help get us there that much faster. Lonely Planet kept San Juan on its “Best in Travel” 2018 list for a reason, and that’s because despite some recent challenges, San Juan has so much to offer. Visit us and be a part of the comeback! What are the plans for the future of Puerto Rico and what can we expect for the year 2018? Puerto Rico is incredibly excited to continue to welcome travelers in 2018. Last week, the Island welcomed Brian Kelly, The Points Guy and Forbes’ No. 1 Travel Influencer of 2017. Brian brought 15 of his staff, and another nine travel influencers came along to be a part of the comeback. The group experienced the traditional Three Kings Day festivities in Juana Diaz, visited the Puerto Rico Children’s Hospital and helped rebuild the colorful community in La Perla, located on the shore of Old San Juan. La Perla has become a tourist attraction for visitors looking to get a glimpse of this community where the record-breaking summer hit song “Despacito” was filmed. In partnership with Love in Motion, Local Guest’s non-profit focused on providing the necessary tools and empowerment through hope and education for the development of community-based tourism in the Caribbean region, and in collaboration with the Asociación Impacto Comunitario La Perla Inc., Casa Sol and Wanderlust Tours, we joined local efforts already underway to help revitalize the iconic La Perla neighborhood. With this group trip to Puerto Rico, Brian is hoping to send a message to travelers everywhere that traveling to destinations impacted by natural disasters, like Puerto Rico, is the best way to take in the most meaningful travel experiences in 2018. Thank you so much for your time Carla, we wish nothing for the best to you and the entire community of Puerto Rico on your efforts and rebuilding. Editor’s Note: Five months after devastating Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the country continues to contend for restoration. Over 3.4 million residents are still struggling to carry through their day to day lives. A third of the country is still left in darkness without power, while hospitals are maintaining to work in harsh conditions, and hundreds of schools are still closed. It is absolutely heartbreaking to envision what the people of Puerto Rico are going through and still have to face. The plan for complete restoration of power is scheduled to happen in May. Many individuals have been moved by this horrific event and have offered help, but Puerto Rico still has a long way to go. Anything helps and everything goes a long way.