Lucas looks for space in Bayern’s stellar defense

first_imgLucas Hernández will reappear this Sunday in the game that will face Bayern with Augsburg after recovering from muscle discomfort. The former Atlético, like Javi Martínez, returns to a call from the club that invested a total of 80 million euros in his signing, but everything points to the French world champion spending time on the Bavarian bench. We will have to wait to see when he is again a pillar in a rear that has formed in his absence (Lucas was three months off due to a partial rupture of the internal ligament of the right ankle) and that, right at the beginning of the phase decisive of the season, it is yielding a thousand wonders.The young Alphonso Davies, stellar in this first section of 2020, ended up gaining ownership on the left side and caused David Alaba, a fixed in that position for years, to end up being converted into a left-handed center. In the center of the rear, he paired with Jerome Boateng, who finally regained his best level, and on the right side Benjamin Pavard is also indisputable. Flick finds it difficult to make a hole in the Municguard rear of Lucas, especially considering that the master at the same time stressed the importance of giving the maximum possible continuity to an eleven to face the crucial weeks with guarantees. Lucas himself also admitted being far from his best version after numerous injuries that have crossed his path since he landed in Germany. “I’m not one hundred percent yet,” explained the French international in which, until now, was his last title to Bayern two weeks ago against Paderborn (3-2). Of course, Flick did not want to detract from the effort of his player in the set-up and showed that it is still a key piece in his plans. “What he has to do now is to return to his best version little by little,” said Flick, who at the same time wanted to warn of the rush: “We have to measure very well when it comes to giving minutes,” he said.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE More than twofifths view improving engagement as top priority

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: More than two-fifths (44%) of HR directors cite increasing employee engagement as one of their top priorities for people strategy in 2019, according to research by Reward Gateway.Its survey of 500 UK-based HR professionals found that HR directors are also prioritising improving workplace productivity (56%) and connecting employees to the business (38%) for the year ahead.More than three-fifths (63%) of senior manager respondents agree that bolstering employee engagement is a priority for this year; other top agenda items for senior management include boosting productivity (58%) and attracting talent (40%).The majority (93%) of senior managers working in HR believe that employee engagement would improve if members of their workforce had the technology to recognise one another for good behaviours on an ongoing basis. Among HR directors, 88% agree with this, as do 86% of respondents overall.Rob Boland (pictured), group director of product and client success at Reward Gateway, said: “The demand for mobile working continues to grow and, as the research indicates, HR professionals are recognising that HR technology increases employee engagement.”last_img read more