Fire Emblem Three Houses: Critical Consensus

first_imgFire Emblem Three Houses: Critical ConsensusCritics heap near unanimous praise for the strategy RPG’s return to console, and its efforts to wrangle both old and new fansRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 26th July 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleIntelligent SystemsNintendoFire Emblem has been a handheld-only series for more than a decade. But like many of its 3DS and DS-focused compatriot franchises (Pokémon, Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion, the list goes on), the gradual demise of Nintendo’s dedicated handheld business and the transition to the Switch have mandated that Fire Emblem step up and re-embrace console life.The jump inevitably comes with raised expectations, not least because of the increased price tag. And Fire Emblem itself is at a crossroads, with the recent remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia embracing the series’ combat-focused roots, and modern titles like Fates leaning into its more recent tendencies toward a dating sim. There’s a lot riding on Fire Emblem: Three Houses to marry the two ideas for a new and improved console.”Perhaps with the one exception of graphical performance, it seems that no area of this strategy epic was given the short end of the stick in development” Mitch VogelFortunately, the game’s day-one Metacritic score of 88 and nigh universal critical praise is a promising sign that Intelligent Systems has managed to strike a balance that most Fire Emblem fans will enjoy. Mitch Vogel at Nintendo Life makes the point as follows in his 9/10 review:”Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an absolutely wonderful strategy RPG experience. This is Fire Emblem dialled up to 11, perfectly balanced between the lessons learned from past titles while also experimenting with bold new ideas the series has never attempted before. Perhaps with the one exception of graphical performance, it seems that no area of this strategy epic was given the short end of the stick in development; it’s an impressively smooth experience that flows seamlessly from one element to the next, all in service of the overarching, thoughtful gameplay that’s made the series such a hit over the years.”We’ll have to see how Three Houses factors into the ongoing debate of which game is the best in the series, but it’s pretty safe to say that this release deserves a spot in that conversation.”Three Houses is effectively split into two parts: its sequences at the Academy where you, a teacher, train your pupils, build friendships and relationships with them, and effectively plan out your army you will use in the other part of the game. Though relationships and romances have been part of Fire Emblem in the past, some critics who missed their depth in games like Fire Emblem: Fates felt they were too shallow in Three Houses. And Dom Pepplatt from DailyStar noted that the game’s same-sex romance options especially were lacking in his 6/10 review:”Romance options are limited if you’re playing as a straight character and straight-up disrespectful if you’re playing with aims of being a gay protagonist” Dom Pepplatt”Romance options — which this game sells itself on to a lot of its audience — are limited if you’re playing as a straight character and straight-up disrespectful if you’re playing with aims of being a gay protagonist. We don’t want to spoil the narrative here, but the MLM options are either insensitive or insulting, and the WLW options (it could be argued) are more aimed at titillation than they are representation.”Polygon’s Russ Frushtick also wasn’t in love with how the romances played out, but enjoyed every other aspect of the Academy’s management mechanics:”Despite all this, I find myself fully obsessing over how I spend my time around the Academy, as it all has direct gameplay implications on the growth of my units. It’s extremely easy to skip these school sequences, letting the computer decide who gets trained and how, but the ability to micromanage their development is too enticing to pass up. I want to be the master of my army, rather than have an arbitrary algorithm decide which skills my friends excel in. There are times I spend more than an hour between missions, shifting gear around, training up skills, and reforging weapons for my crew.”The Fire Emblem series has always been supported by the two pillars of tactical gameplay and character-driven storylines. And while reviewers had differing opinions about the various specifics and intricacies of the game’s combat, the common consensus is that the battle portions of the game click perfectly into place against Three Houses’ story and its school-centered interludes, with the latter adding depth and complexity to the former particularly in the game’s first half.”Excuse the well-worn cliché, but Fire Emblem: Three Houses really is a game of two halves,” said Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson. “On the one hand, it’s almost a dating sim — indeed, it might be one of the most lavish examples yet, fully voiced in either Japanese or English depending on your tastes, rich with romance options and side-stories to explore as you sprint around the halls of the Garegg Mach Monastery keeping tabs on the students under your tuition.”It’s a tightly engineered, staggeringly deep turn-based tactical game, serving up a smart evolution of the formula that Intelligent Systems has been developing for nearly 30 years now” Martin Robinson”On the other, though, it’s a tightly engineered, staggeringly deep turn-based tactical game, serving up a smart evolution of the formula that Intelligent Systems has been developing for nearly 30 years now.”Critics did hone in on a number of meaningful distinctions in the game’s combat from that of its predecessors, with special attention being paid to the removal (or, rather, revamping) of the game’s weapons triangle and the options surrounding perma-death. There are also a number of new or updated combat mechanics taking the place of the old weapon triangle, a complexity that Austin Walker appreciated in his review for Waypoint Vice:”All of [these new mechanics] would make the old model of combat too unpredictable. But because you can now see who the enemy is targeting and how much damage they’ll likely do (barring a critical hit), the result is a combat model that feels like an improvisational puzzle box. By the mid game, as you unlock more spells, abilities, special weapons, and battalions (bodyguards with special abilities and stat bonuses who you can employ and attach to your units), you have a toybox of creative solutions to play with. It isn’t quite Into the Breach, but it does present a vision of Fire Emblem that doesn’t rely heavily on the fear of losing characters. (And for what’s it worth, most of the missions were still tense, challenging encounters that rewarded smart play.)”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games In her 4.5/5 review at USGamer, Kat Bailey effectively summed up the most common piece of praise critics had for Fire Emblem: Three Houses and its efforts to collect all of its past audiences on a new console:”While not exactly stagnant, the classic formula that made it a pioneer in the turn-based tactics genre did feel a little small-scale for a full-priced Switch game,” she said. “That made it incumbent upon developer Intelligent Systems to find a way to expand the formula, and it has responded with a big, beautiful, and fully-explorable academy to go with a host of other changes. I don’t wish to disparage the 3DS, which is a fine system, but if Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ goal is to feel like a game that belongs on a TV, then mission accomplished.””If you dig it, there’s a lot of game to be found here, much of it excellent. Over the past decade or so, it’s felt as if Fire Emblem has been in transition, eager to embrace a new audience without entirely alienating its original fans. The endpoint of that process is a game that manages to transcend its tactical roots without entirely abandoning them, establishing a framework in which it can credibly compete on consoles. Three Houses is the game that Fire Emblem: Fates wanted to be.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Could Lionel Messi recieve honour at the Santiago Bernabeu?

first_img Upd. at 18:46 Sport EN The next two matches that Barcelona play in the league are against Eibar at the Camp Nou, and then against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on October 25.  07/10/2014 Thus, it may be the case that Messi breaks the record in the stadium of Barcelona’s eternal rival. Breaking the record itself will see him earn a deserved tribute and LFP chief Javier Tebas even said it was possible that this could take place at the Bernabeu. center_img In 1955 Telmo Zarra ended his time in the top flight with 251 goals. Lionel Messi is currently perched on 249. The Barcelona No 10 only needs three goals to overcome the record which has been in place for over half a century. That could happen within a matter of days.  CEST “You’re giving me ideas,” he joked with journalists. “Messi is so good that he must always be honoured. He has to always be in our league. We need to reflect it, it is a historic moment, we need to do something. To have it at the game in the Bernabeu? Why not?”last_img read more

Carers take care of each other

first_imgBy ALANA MITCHELSON CARDINIA shire carers who look after family and friends with a mental illness will have the opportunity…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Footpath nightmare

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke A prominent local identity was left “severely injured” after an uneven council footpath caused her to be flung from her…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tributes Paid To The Late Fr Ned Stankard – President Of Cappataggle Hurling Club

first_imgThe passing took place last night of Fr Ned Stankard, parish priest and president of Cappataggle Hurling Club for over 25 years. Cappataggle Hurling Club have released this tribute to a great Hurling man and a man who was much loved a respected by the people of the community. “It was with great sadness last night that we learned of the passing of Fr Ned Stankard. Fr Ned was the president of Cappataggle Hurling Club for over 25 years.    He was a loyal supporter and we were honoured to have him lead the club.The people of Cappataggle are justifiably proud of the close-knit community spirit that exists in the Parish.   Such spirit is pretty rare nowadays and Fr Ned was integral to that in Cappataggle.   He was the spiritual leader and cornerstone of the community.Fr Ned was more than just a parish priest (More recently he carried the titles of Vicar-General and Monsignor, a title he was never fully comfortable with, which shows the humility of the man).He was always supportive and encouraging of any endeavour proposed by the club, most notably in 2008 when we approached him with an ambitious proposal to develop a new astro turn pitch and training facilities in the parish.   The project was considered highly unlikely to succeed given the lack of funding or land but Fr. Ned facilitated the transfer of land next to the school and in return the tradesmen and women of the parish donated their time and talent to build a new modern parochial house next to the church.  People were willing to give their time to support a man who they regarded so highly.  The Cappataggle astro turf and training facilities now stand as a testament to his vision and are a facility used by young people from all over Galway.Many people have commented this week on Fr Ned’s sincerity, integrity and authenticity.   Fr Ned had the extraordinary talent of making everybody feel special and welcome, he knew everybody in the parish by their first name and when he was speaking with you he always ensured you had his full attention.  He was always interested to hear your story and was a very knowledgeable man who took great interest in hearing how former parishioners were faring who now lived all over the world. Fr Ned was as highly regarded by the young as he was the old.  He knew all the names of the youngsters in the local national school and was respected by the hundreds of altar boys and girls who served mass with him.  Easter Sunday mass was always the best attended of the year as each one would leave with a large chocolate egg under their arm after mass!He was non-judgemental and his door was always open for anyone who had any worries or issues they wanted to discuss.   He has the extraordinary knack of knowing exactly the right thing to say to put people’s minds at ease and he took exactly the right tone whether he was hosting a christening, wedding or burial.   His sermons were always well researched and re-assuring and people travelled from far and wide to attend his mass.No-one will ever be able to fill the shoes of Father Ned Stankard.  His passing leaves a huge void in the parish and he will be sorely missed by all in Cappy and those further afield.  We remember him fondly and count ourselves lucky for the 25 years he graced our parish.  Every one of our lives was better for having him in it.  May he rest in peace.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

My Donegal with Minister for Education Joe McHugh

first_imgEducation Minister Joe McHugh impressed many when he went back to school to learn Irish after being named Junior Minister for the Gaeltacht. Since then he has risen through the ranks to become a front bench politician. From Carrigart, here he reveals all he loves about Donegal and why music star Jim Reeves is a real Christmas memory for him.What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The top of Muckish Great taking in the spectacular view of Sheephaven Bay on a clear day. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?A longer weekend!Who is the one person that you look up to and why?My father. He always encouraged me to stay the course with my education – especially when I wanted to go to London in the 1980s. My bags were packed! What’s your happiest Christmas memory in Donegal?Listening to Jim Reeves on a record player on Christmas Eve with my mother.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Getting proper recognition through the promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way. And the due recognition that followed in the National Geographic – Coolest place on the Planet.If you found a magic wand that allowed you to grant one wish, what would it be? To go back to the All Ireland Senior Soccer Final in 1989 and come on as sub and score two hat-tricks.For the record, I came on as sub in that game and we were defeated 5 – 0.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Mc Nutt’s Tweed.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Seamus Coleman. A brilliant footballer. Modest. Inspiring. Resilient.What has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?The time I arrived in a suit at the Downings Family Resource Centre when I overheard someone saying “quickly there’s someone coming” to which Grainne Shevlin replied “sure it’s only Joe!”Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Neil Gallagher.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Olde Glen Bar.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Sure where would you be going!?What is the biggest challenge facing Donegal people today?The continued global acceleration of cities and ‘brain drain’ of a talented and educated workforce.What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Donegal scallops.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Naw, not really.Do you have a favourite local band?‘The Lost’ and ‘In Their Thousands’If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?You don’t have enough space on your website for the list of people and projects I’d like to see a million quid spent on.Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?On board a United Nations helicopter in South Lebanon.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The native Irish speakers who continue to pass on our ‘Teanga Dhúchais’ go dtí an céad glúin eile.What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?Trying to help people when they’re in bother.My Donegal with Minister for Education Joe McHugh was last modified: December 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Education MinisterJoe McHughMY DONEGALlast_img read more

HR Should Be Paying Attention to Analysts

first_imgAs a blogger, I’ve been fortunate to participate in events that I would not normally have attended when I was an HR Generalist. During those events, I learn about specific companies, their products and services, and how they address the needs of human resources professionals.I’ve also had the opportunity to meet HR analysts from around the world. Frankly, this is a new group of people I never had access to during my corporate career. The more time I spend with them, the more I learn and realize how valuable they would have been to me when I worked “in the trenches”.So, I asked a few analysts if they would share insights about what they do and how their role intersects with everyday human resources departments. Christa Degnan Manning is senior vice president of global workforce and talent strategies at HfS Research, a leading analyst authority and global network for IT and business services. Trish McFarlane is vice president of human resource practice and principal analyst at Brandon Hall Group, a preeminent research and analyst firm. Holger Mueller is vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research, a next generation independent research firm.What is an HR analyst?[Holger] Constellation Research provides research, workshops, and advisory services to help companies best leverage technology. In my analyst role, I write about software, specifically HR software. My job consists of attending industry events, talking with practitioners and vendors, then writing research/informational pieces related to human resources software.Holger MuellerThis is an interesting time to be an analyst. The lines of distinction between analysts, journalists, and bloggers are becoming very blurry. We all write and offer insights. The difference is the depth of the research, the speed of content delivery and where the author’s compensation ultimately comes from.[Christa] Readers may be familiar with financial analysts who study public companies to make predictions of how investments in their stocks are going to perform, but industry analysts such as myself study how companies’ products and/or services themselves are going to perform in the marketplace. Christa Degnan ManningEarly on in my career I expected these two areas would be very closely correlated, but after more than 20 years in business I am sorry to say that too often that is not the case.[Trish] For me, the HR analyst of today is a multi-dimensional role that requires a wide variety of skills. Analysts conduct research studies used to identify movement and trends in an industry. They then take the data from their research use it to provide an educated analysis about what the data means.It’s not just about gathering the data or being able to tell an audience the results. Trish McFarlaneIt’s the added step of understanding what it means and how that impacts the industry at hand. In the human capital management (HCM) industry, we’re starting to see a shift in the analyst role. It is not only important to have experience understanding the complexities of the architecture behind HR technologies, it is also important to have end-user experience in both buying and implementing technology as well as running HR. And it is just as important to have had real-world experience in HCM so you can truly understand the impact of technology on the HCM functions and the organization as a whole. A multi-faceted approach to this understanding leads to stronger analysis that can be of real value to current HR leaders.What types of work do analysts conduct?[Christa] Good industry analysts do primary qualitative and quantitative research on the industries they cover, talking to and surveying solution buyers (and increasingly end-users as more applications are designed for employee self-service). We discuss their business challenges, experiences both good and bad with existing approaches, and likely future needs and wants from providers.Most analysts are IT industry analysts, which really gave rise to the profession. Technology changes so rapidly, IT professionals needed specialist resources to keep current on all of the new products, partnerships, and merger and acquisitions happening in IT all the time.[Trish] The type of work an analyst does can vary. Many analysts spend a majority of time creating studies, analyzing data and writing both short-form and long reports that vendors and corporations can use to make business decisions. In addition, analysts are approached by clients (both vendors and corporations) to answer questions and guide them on all aspects of human capital management. Being an analyst is also a bit of a balancing act in terms of gathering industry information. Analysts hold briefings with vendors to get information about the latest products and solutions. They also meet regularly with HR leaders to determine what the market needs. Being an analyst can also include publicly sharing your findings though writing, speaking engagements and workshops, to name a few.It wasn’t until I started reading analyst blogs that I understood the topics they cover. Can you give readers an example of a specific topic you’ve written about?[Holger] One topic I’ve spent significant time researching is talent management and how it evolves going forward. An example is transers, onboarding and offboarding. Instead of referring to them as three different things, let’s talk about them together – as in transboarding.You can also read the Constellation blog for industry insights. Many of our analysts have their own blogs and share information from user conferences, etc. My blog is called Enterprise Software Musings.[Christa] I am currently researching the realm of services in HCM SaaS because I think too much attention is being paid to the cloud itself being the latest and greatest thing when it is just another delivery model. I tend to follow particular themes instead of doing one-off projects because our primary business model is annual subscription, although we do make many research publications and webinars available for free. HfS believes that the analyst’s role is evolving not to just churn out content that is behind a subscriber firewall, but to facilitate industry discussion and collaboration to reach mutually beneficial states for both buyers and providers (and even users) of solutions. That to me is true thought-leadership.Should HR professionals pay attention to analysts? Why or why not?[Trish] YES! Before I worked at Brandon Hall Group, I was an HR leader. Looking back, I wish I had known that analysts can supplement your knowledge and experience on your HR team by acting as a sounding board and guide. I also wish I had realized and been able to articulate the value of having real-time, current data as I was advising C-Suite leaders. Analysts are your unbiased partners and I would recommend to any organization.[Holger] Yes, for the bigger picture. Companies want help making technology decisions but they don’t have time to research all the details. That’s where we come in. We help provide the lay of land in the market, combine industry trends and best practices. We are lucky to have more time than our colleagues the journalists to offer this work. And typically also more time than the bloggers, who mostly produce short single topic themed blog posts (we do the same when we put out blogger hats on).What do you see as the top issue facing human resources in 2015?[Christa] I believe the top issue is workforce strategy and planning. Really aligning with the business to understand staffing challenges and needs looking out not just 12 to 18 months but 3 to 5 years out to understand where the business and customers will be and where the talent is and how to engage with them. There is a lot of talk about workforce analytics and big data but I think you have to do this strategy and planning work first and some of the data you need for this is just not that complex and hidden. It just takes hard work and internal alignment.[Trish] I see real workforce planning and management strategy as the top issue facing HR leaders in 2015. For far too long, not just HR leaders, but all business leaders have not put proper workforce planning and management strategies in place. The approach has been more reactive and this leads to recruiting practices that continually do not quite meet the mark. I predict that the HR leader’s ability to drive workforce planning and management strategy will be what truly enables the rest of the organization to see him or her as a business partner and not someone only focused on tactics or compliance.​[Holger] We often talk about recruiting and retaining talent being the top challenge for HR. But the ticking time bomb is the retirement issue. 10,000 Boomers are retiring every day. Unless your organization has an average age of 28/years old, the aging and retiring workforce is a concern. And HR professionals cannot use their compliance obligation as an excuse for not developing a strategic answer to this issue.My thanks to Holger, Trish and Christa for sharing their time and expertise with us. As we start the year, it’s important to know all the resources available to us. HR analysts can help us understand what’s happening in our industry and trends for the future. I hope you’ll take time to check out their blogs and follow them on Twitter.Christa Degnan Manning:             Blog       TwitterTrish McFarlane:                           Blog       TwitterHolger Mueller:                             Blog       Twitterlast_img read more

Shadow IT: It’s Real — Companies Using Hundreds of Unauthorized Cloud Services

first_imgA study by IBM found that one-third of employees at Fortune 1000 companies share corporate data using third-party apps.  Often they reuse corporate login credentials when setting up these unauthorized accounts.Is it really that bad?  It may be worse.  A recent study by Cisco quantifies the gap between what IT groups think its employees do and what they actually are doing.About one year ago, Cisco asked IT groups how many cloud services that their companies were using.  The average response: 91.As a verification, Cisco next looked at the web traffic of those same companies.  After subtracting out traffic to standard web sites, they found that companies actually were using on average 630 cloud services.  More recently they ran those same tests again and found that the average had now jumped to 1220 web services per company.  The results were similar for almost all types of companies, regardless of the industry  — even manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services and healthcare showed high usages of cloud services.Bob Dimicco, senior director, of advanced services at Cisco, said that “when you step back, Shadow IT has been around for years. What’s new or interesting is that the data here is not from a qualitative survey, it’s the actual traffic to the cloud and the system has enough granularity to differentiate.”last_img read more

Intel CEO: Moving Content Between Devices is Still Too Hard

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#web Related Posts frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces During his company’s annual developer conference, Intel CEO Paul Otellini today noted that his industry still hasn’t managed to make it easy enough for consumers to move content seamlessly between devices. According to Otellini, as more and more devices are connected to the Internet, this capability will become increasingly important and something that consumers will soon demand. Content shifting allows users to start a movie on a TV, for example, and then continue to watch it on a PC or mobile phone.More Than a Hardware ProblemIntel seems to think that the key to making content shifting work is a problem for the semiconductor industry to solve, but given that the video content that Otellini is talking about is relatively hardware agnostic, this really seems to be more of a problem for software developers to solve. No matter Intel’s role in this, there can be little doubt that consumers will demand easy solutions for taking their content wherever they go. More than a technological issue, though (streaming or copying a movie to different devices isn’t really a hard problem anymore, after all), the problem seems to be more related to copyright and the media industry’s unwillingness to offer an easy solution that would allow users to take their content wherever they go.One Solution: Apple’s AirPlayOne company that is obviously working hard on this and is about to offer its own solution is Apple. With AirPlay, the company is taking the first steps into making content shifting a reality for those who live in the Apple ecosystem of iPads, iPhones and the newly redesigned AppleTV. Even Apple, however, was only able to get a few content producers on board with its latest 99-cent TV rental program, so it remains to be seen how the company’s partners will react once Apple wants to enable more extensive content shifting on its devices.Google, too, is working on similar solutions for its Android operating system and Google TV, though here, too, it remains to be seen how well this will work in practice.last_img read more

Marotta: ‘Inter step in the journey’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter director Beppe Marotta maintains reaching the Champions League last 16 would be “a diploma,” but still only a step in the process. Their trip to Borussia Dortmund kicks off at 20.00 GMT, click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. “Aside from the strength of our opponents, they also have this incredible support that will cheer them on to the last minute,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia. “I have confidence, as the team is growing day by day, there is a clear upward trajectory and progress is made in every area. “The team has shown maturity and organisation in every game, but also impressive football. They have been able to both take control and to fight back to earn a result, as they did last week in Bologna. “Getting through the group stage of the Champions League would be like a diploma, confirming the work of these months has paid off. “It remains the start of the journey and we are developing as time goes on, but it is still a slow progress, we need to eliminate certain errors and of course have a coach who is very demanding. “Alexis Sanchez will be back in January and we’ll see him as a great new signing who can help us take a few steps up the ladder.” Marotta also spoke to Sport Mediaset about the interest from Barcelona and Manchester United around Lautaro Martinez. “We are Inter, a big club who do not necessarily need to sell our champions, unless they ask to leave. In Lautaro’s case, the clause is irrelevant, what matters is his desire to grow and improve along with his teammates.”last_img read more