Simeone: from the lack of players to ‘overbooking’ in three weeks

first_imgThe injuries have stopped tightening Simeone. Just look at two lineups in the last month to check: Atlético has gone from making a list with only 14 field players available to overbooking. Atlético-Granada, February 8. Correa and Vitolo become the rojiblanca forward, Vrsaljko, eleven months without an official match for his knee injury until before the derby, again headline. On the bench, Lemar and Carrasco, ten days after returning, are accompanied by Saponjic (62 minutes in two games: 60 ‘in the Cup against the Cultural, 2’ in the League and now), Toni Moya, Manu Sánchez and Ricard. Atlético-Villarreal, February 23, just fifteen days later: from the Cholo list the kids have disappeared, all are players of the first team. Simeone must make three discards. “Blessed problem”, that the Argentine thought after so much trouble. If Diego Costa had a few minutes 100 days after going through the operating room To have a cervical disc herniation, Morata was already on the team after recovering, in 16 days, from the muscular injury he suffered in the derby against Real Madrid. Before that game the Argentine coach had already lost his star signing of the season, João Félix, another muscular injury, in his right leg, and then he saw how another of his soccer players also entered the operating room: Trippier, pubalgia. The word “nursing” produced cold sweats. From San Rafael to ‘déjà vu’The return of the pre-season ‘stage’ to Los Angeles de San Rafael had controlled the team what last year was a serious problem, the muscle injuries, which were around number 50 throughout the season. It was, but on account drops. Everything accelerated in December. The medical part of each protagonist party again. The 21 has been the last of Lemar. But since December 11 and at a new devilish pace. Lodi, Koke, Lemar, Giménez, Koke, Trippier, Arias, João Félix, Herrera, Morata and Lemar again. February on the Cholo charts was cold and hungry. But in the last week, of spring time, the sun has entered its infirmary. Morata recovered, Costa returned, João Félix has recovered, Trippier too, Herrera is already training with the group, although he did not enter the list. Lemar is the only member of that infirmary three weeks ago full. Today is the red and white bench.last_img read more

Microsoft has an option to buy Nvidia

first_imgBeyond making a few peripherals, Microsoft isn’t a company that produces hardware. It has always been about the software and working with hardware partners to get that software on to devices.In the future that may not remain the case as Microsoft has a very interesting, and possibly market-changing option to buy a hardware company. That company is Nvidia.It may sound surprising to hear, but Microsoft is interested in Nvidia and doesn’t want to see it bought by anyone else. However, at the same time they are in no rush to acquire the company for themselves and are happy to see it remain independent. The option to buy only kicks in if some other potential buyer offers at least $3.4 billion for 30% of Nvidia’s shares, at which point Microsoft can decide to step in and purchase for more.With Skype just acquired for double what Google and Facebook were considering spending, it’s clear Microsoft isn’t afraid of paying big bucks for important partners. But this shouldn’t be viewed as a definite future acquisition for Microsoft, as it could be equally viewed as an option to ensure the independence of the graphics company. Effectively, no one company can purchase 30% or more of Nvidia without Microsoft’s approval.If Microsoft took that option to acquire a large percentage of Nvidia’s stock it would gain control of some key technology going forward. As well as a thriving graphics card business for PCs, there’s also the well-received Tegra platform for tablet computers.This agreement with Microsoft was discovered in a SEC filing and was actually stamped out back when Microsoft started using Nvidia GPUs in the original Xbox console. Today Nvidia don’t actually see it as a positive, rather a potential way for any acquisition talks to be “delayed or prevented.” This is therefore an agreeement that suits Microsoft much more than it does Nvidia.Read more at InformationWeekMatthew’s OpinionI don’t think Microsoft would hesitate for very long if someone like Apple decided they wanted to buy Nvidia. Microsoft would block that deal and probably try to take control of the company. It does have a lot of very good technology and IP, and getting Tegra chipsets as an exclusive for Windows tablets and smartphones would certainly benefit Microsoft.Taking control would be very expensive, though. The agreement only kicks in if someone tries to get a 30% stake for $3.4 billion. That means buying Nvidia outright would cost at least $11.3 billion and be Microsoft’s most expensive acquisition to date, eclipsing the $8.5 billion it paid for Skype.Saying that though, no company is going to approach Nvidia knowing this Microsoft agreement is in place. It would just be a waste of their time, and this is clearly what worries Nvidia at the moment.last_img read more