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Valverde: Griezmann needs to get more involved

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first_imgBarcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde says Antoine Griezmann has to come into play more following his underwhelming league bow for the La Liga champions.The 28-year-old made his first La Liga appearance for Barca, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao in their opening fixture on Friday.A €120 million (£109.5m/$133m) signing from Atletico Madrid, all eyes were on Griezmann, but he struggled to make an impact in absence of captain Lionel Messi, while Luis Suarez’s first-half injury left him isolated. Editors’ Picks 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? 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? “If he’s near the area, he is decisive and moves well, but you have to dominate the game for that to happen,” Valverde told reporters.”Putting him on the left side, we know that you are going to focus on the goal, but we have a side and players that can hold the game.”Of course, he is aware that we all expect a lot from many players and he has to look to get more into the game.”Suarez left San Mames just after the half-hour mark due to an apparent calf injury away to Athletic.The Uruguayan veteran had to be substituted moments after hitting the post, which would have given two-time reigning champions Barca the lead.Valverde added: “He has a muscular problem and we have to wait for the tests. In the second half, when we were around Athletic’s area, we missed him.”Barca eventually succumbed to Athletic, who triumphed thanks to veteran Aritz Aduriz’s stunning overhead kick in the 89th minute.The 38-year-old made an immediate impact off the bench, meeting Ander Capa’s cross in sensational fashion to seal all three points.”With Aduriz, any ball in the air is a danger and he got his goal,” former Athletic boss Valverde said.”That move is dominant, and he’s scored similar goals. When I saw him line it up… I wasn’t surprised with the execution at all.”Barcelona will have the chance to make amends in their second league match as they host Real Betis at Camp Nou on August 25.While Athletic will be hoping to continue their early season momentum in a August 24 road trip to Getafe.last_img read more

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Passchendaele virtual reality view could keep the horrors of the First World

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first_imgThe 83-year-old told the Telegraph :“It was a little bit misty and a little bit out of focus, but I could see the hedgerows and the star shells.”“I could have been there, lying in a field.”Mr Hunt, who reached the rank of warrant officer and served in Cyprus, Germany and Hong Kong, said it was crucial to teach the younger generation about the horrors of the First World War. Chelsea Pensioners try out the virtual reality displays of PasschendaeleCredit:Eddie Mulholland Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The displays can be seen on standard gaming headsetsCredit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph The Battle of Passchendaele is one of the most notorious in the First World WarCredit: Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo The Royal British Legion to launch Battle of Passchendaele virtual reality content with Dan Snow. To commemorate the WWI battle, the RBL has partnered with historian Dan Snow to create a series of virtual reality videos, from the experiences of those on the front line to nurses battling to treat the flood of casualties Mr Snow, who helped create the content, said: “We have got a big experiment on our hands here. Every other war that we have fought as humans has drifted into obscurity as eye witnesses have passed away. Chelsea pensioners try out the virtual reality displays of Passchendaele The Battle of Passchendaele is one of the most notorious in the First World War He said: “They know so little about history these days, let alone the First and Second World Wars.”The legion also has 1,000 cardboard headsets on offer that can be fitted with mobile phones to create makeshift virtual reality sets. The virtual reality displays can be downloaded from the legion’s website. The six films aimed at a younger generation unlikely to read military history, show the battle, trenches and participants in full 360 degree view and can be downloaded onto standard video game headsets.Historians have used archive photographs, film and testimony to recreate the battle that caused 325,000 Allied and 260,000 German casualties.The films even allow the viewer an indication of what it was like to go over the top. Virtual reality technology means the First World War could be the first conflict to be kept fresh in the public consciousness, the historian Dan Snow has suggested, as the Royal British Legion launched a high-tech immersive view of Passchendaele.Advances in technology could revolutionise military history and keep alive the immediacy of the trenches and Western Front for generations to come.The television presenter and historian spoke as the legion unveiled six virtual reality experiences taking the viewer back to Passchendaele to mark the centenary of one of the most notorious battles of the war. “With the First World War, we have got the chance of doing something different. We can keep it fresh.“It will be interesting to see whether my kids find the First World War as distant as I find the Battle of Agincourt, or will the immediacy of it be maintained because we have got this technology.“It’s about taking the images and giving it the full treatment of 2017, which is immersive which is a whole step above sitting on your bottom watching television.”“These sets have primarily been used by gamers so far, but I think history has the most to gain from these.”Bill Hunt, a Chelsea Pensioner who spent 25 years in the Royal Horse Guards, on Tuesday became one of the first members of the public to try out the new films.last_img read more

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