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Trump spokesman sparks outcry by comparing Assad to Hitler

WASHINGTON ( ) – White House spokesman Sean Spicer triggered an uproar on Tuesday by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons. He apologized after his comments drew immediate criticism on social media and elsewhere for overlooking the fact that millions of Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

Spicer made the assertion at a daily news briefing, during a discussion about the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed 87 people. Washington has blamed the attack on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said when asked about Russia’s alliance with the Syrian government.

The Nazis murdered six million Jews during World War Two. Many Jews as well as others were killed in gas chambers in European concentration camps.

When a reporter asked Spicer if he wanted to clarify his comments, he said: “I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”

Later on Tuesday, Spicer apologized and said he should not have made that comparison.

“It was a mistake. I shouldn’t have done it and I won’t do it again,” Spicer told CNN in an interview. “It was inappropriate and insensitive.”

Spicer’s assertion, made during the Jewish holiday of Passover, sparked instant outrage on social media and from some Holocaust memorial groups who accused him of minimizing Hitler’s crimes.

“Sean Spicer now lacks the integrity to serve as White House press secretary, and President Trump must fire him at once,” said Steven Goldstein, executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect.

Shortly after the White House briefing, Spicer emailed a statement to reporters in response to their queries, but had stopped short of offering an explicit apology.

“In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable,” Spicer said in the statement.

The U.S. Holocaust Museum did not mention Spicer’s comments directly, but sent out a tweet shortly after the briefing that showed graphic footage of dead bodies U.S. forces found while liberating the Buchenwald concentration camp.

The video was retweeted more than a thousand times, with many Twitter users referencing Spicer’s comments.

U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi called on Republican President Donald Trump to reject Spicer’s assertion.

“Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements,” Pelosi said in a statement.

The White House did not immediately respond when asked to comment on Pelosi’s statement.

It was not the first time the White House has had to answer questions about the Holocaust. Critics in January noted the administration’s sta上海夜生活网tement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which omitted any mention of Jewish victims.

At the time, Spicer defended that statement by saying it had been written in part by a Jewish staff member whose family members had survived the Holocaust.

New York police arrest 25 at immigration protest in Trump Tower

NEW YORK ( ) – New York police on Thursday arrested 25 people in the lobby of Trump Tower protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration and border policies.

The demonstrators who sat in front of the elevators and chanted “no ban, no raids, no wall!” led security forces to close public accesses to the president’s signature property, a commercial and residential skyscraper where first lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump stay while the president is in Washington.

As heavily armed police wearing ballistic vests stood guard blocking the entrances, other officers carried the protesters to police vans.

The building in the heart of the Fifth Avenue shopping district was also home to Trump’s campaign and has been his primary residence for years. The lobby is open to the public, though security was tightened as the 2016 campaign progressed and he was elected president.

Charges were pending, a police said in a statement.

The demonstrators wore T-shirts with slogans such as “No wall,” in reference to上海夜生活网 Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, and “No raids,” referring to U.S. arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants.

“No ban” refers to Trump’s executive orders seeking to restrict immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.

Mexico holds off Trump’s fire but seen vulnerable to new pressure

MEXICO CITY ( ) – Mexico avoided the most extreme immigration concession sought by U.S. President Donald Trump in the deal reached to fend off threatened tariffs, but it is left even weaker than before in the face of potential new pressure from Trump as he formally kicks off his re-election campaign this month.

Under the deal reached on Friday, Mexico agreed to use a large part of its newly formed National Guard to hold back immigrants crossing from Guatemala, and to take in possibly tens of thousands of people seeking asylum in the United States while their cases are adjudicated.

Led by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, negotiators in Washington resisted Trump’s core demand that Mexico be declared a safe third country, a classification that would oblige Central Americans crossing through Mexico to seek safe haven there, not the United States.

But the two sides agree more action could be taken if within 90 days the measures do not have the desired result of drastically bringing down the numbers of undocumented migrants reaching the U.S. border from levels that are at a more-than-decade high. Last month alone 132,000 were apprehended by U.S. authorities.

Former World Trade Organization head Pascal Lamy called Trump’s approach to coercing its neighbor and ally “hostage-taking,” reflecting widely held concerns in Mexico that the U.S. president will come back with more threats to extract greater concessions.

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Those fears are sharpened because Trump has used Mexico-bashing to fire up his base on repeated occasions since kicking off his first campaign for the White House in 2015. All signs are that he intends to keep the focus on immigration and cross-border issues in his second-term campaign, which officially launches on June 18.

“We think the threats, demands and Trump tweets against Mexico will continue, especially because it’s all tied up with the politics of the 2020 election,” said Gabriela Siller, an economist at Mexican bank Banco Base.

Siller expects the peso currency to rise when markets open on Monday on relief that a trade war has been averted, but she said the uptick could be short-lived. The peso, which had been pummeled in recent months on fears over a trade war, on Friday strengthened 0.5% after Trump tweeted that there was a “good chance” a deal would be reached with Mexico.

“A SURRENDER”

Vicente Fox, a former Mexican president and long-term critic of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, tweeted that by allowing the United States to dictate how, for example, Mexico uses its security forces, the government has already ceded some of its sovereignty.

That sentiment was echoed by center-left politician Angel Avila, on the other side of the political aisle from Fox, who called the deal “a surrender.”

“Mexico shouldn’t militarize its southern border,” said Avila, who heads the Party of the Democratic Revolution.

Others, however, think Lopez Obrador had little choice beyond giving some ground in the negotiations, because the threatened tariffs would have caused economic devastation in Mexico, whose economy contracted in the first quarter of this year.

Francisco Labastida, a former presidential candidate, said the scale of the current immigration crisis was a threat to Mexico itself, and action was needed regardless of Trump.

“Mexico would have had to change its migration policy for its own reasons due to national security,” he said, arguing that current numbers are unmanageable.

Carlos Pascual, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, praised the deal as preferable to the downward spiral of a tit-for-tat trade war, but acknowledged it left Mexico open to further pressure.

“Mexico is weak economically and it’s always going to be vulnerable if the United States is willing to use economic policy to enforce national security policy,” he said.

“There’s no doubt this leaves a Damocles sword hanging over Lopez Obrador’s head,” he said, invoking 上海夜生活网a metaphor that describes an ever-present peril.

(This story has been refiled to correct spelling of Mexican foreign minister in 3rd paragraph)

METALS-Copper stumbles towards eighth consecutive weekly loss

(Updates with closing prices)

By Peter Hobson

LONDON, June 7 ( ) – Copper prices were set for their eighth straight weekly fall after trade disputes, signs of slowing global economic growth and disappointing U.S. jobs data weakened the demand outlook for metals.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange (LME) traded down 0.2% at $5,799 a tonne in closing rings, down 0.5% this week.

Copper has fallen by about 14% from an April high of $6,608.50 after hopes of a quick U.S.-China trade 上海夜生活网deal faded and U.S. President Donald Trump threatened tariffs on Mexican goods.

A run of poor economic data continued on Friday with figures showing a sharp slowdown in U.S. jobs growth.

An increase in risk appetite among investors this week has lifted global stock markets from recent lows and helped to support copper prices, said Saxo Bank analyst Ole Hansen.

“But we are not out of the woods yet,” he said. “We need to see data reducing recession fears or implying lower supply (of copper). Until we see that, copper is likely to struggle.”

CHINA HOLIDAY: Volumes were subdued, with Chinese markets closed for the Dragon Boat Festival.

TRADE WAR: President Trump said he would decide whether to impose tariffs on at least $300 billion of Chinese goods after a meeting of G20 nations later this month.

Washington has, however, granted Chinese exporters two more weeks before imposing a set of previously announced tariffs.

MEXICO: U.S.-Mexico talks were set to resume on Friday as Mexican officials push to avert U.S. tariffs due to take effect next week.

CHINA STIMULUS: China, the largest consumer of metals, announced measures to revive slumping car sales. The governor of its central bank said there was “tremendous” room to make adjustments if the China-U.S. trade war worsens.

GERMANY: Industrial output and exports fell sharply in April.

DOLLAR: The dollar was heading for its biggest weekly fall since February 2018, helping metals by making them cheaper for buyers with other currencies.

POSITIONING: Speculators’ net short position in LME copper has expanded to 9.8% of active contracts – the largest since September, according to broker Marex Spectron.

CODELCO: Unions at Chile’s huge Chuquicamata copper mine agreed to extend negotiations with operator Codelco in the hope of averting a strike.

LEAD: LME lead closed down 3.1% at $1,832 a tonne but was up about 1.5% on the week after a major smelter halted production and declared force majeure.

LEAD SPREAD/STOCKS: The premium for cash lead over the three-month contract MPB0-3 fell to $11 from a more than two-year high of $39 earlier this week. A premium suggests tight nearby supply. MPBSTX-TOTAL

OTHER METALS: LME aluminium finished down 0.7% at $1,764 a tonne, zinc closed 0.7% lower at $2,484 and tin slipped 0.1% to $19,225.

Nickel was not included in closing rings but was down 0.5% at $11,620 in electronic trading.

All but tin were down this week.

May steps down as party chief, igniting leadership race

LONDON ( ) – British Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of the governing Conservatives on Friday, officially triggering a contest to replace her that could see her party embrace a tougher stance on Brexit.

May announced she would step down last month after failing to deliver Britain’s departure from the European Union on time, deepening a political crisis in a divided country struggling to move on from a 2016 referendum on Brexit.

She will continue to work as prime minister until her party elects a new leader, a crowded race that will be defined by Brexit and competing approaches on how to deliver Britain’s biggest foreign policy shift in more than 40 years.

“For the remainder of her time in office, she will be building on the domestic agenda that she has put at the heart of her premiership,” her spokeswoman told reporters.

May exchanged letters with the leaders of the influential 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, according to a statement from the committee.

May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership who emerged from the chaos after the 2016 referendum as prime minister, steps down with her central pledge – to lead Britain out of the bloc and heal the country’s divisions – unfulfilled.

Her team has been keen to shape her legacy beyond the Brexit failure, but she bequeaths to her successor a nation where traditional political divides are being eroded by strong beliefs on whether Britain should leave the EU, and how it should do so.

The contest to replace her has been heating up for weeks, with candidates arguing over the rights and wrongs of a so-called no-deal Brexit, or leaving the EU without a deal.

Official nominations will be received on Monday. The selection上海夜生活网 process should be completed by the end of July.

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Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite to win. He champions a tougher stance on Brexit, saying Britain should leave with or without a deal by the new deadline of Oct. 31. He is seeking to persuade Conservatives that he is the only candidate who could win a new national election for the Conservative Party.

Other leading contenders include the current foreign minister, Jeremy Hunt, and environment minister Michael Gove, who take a less hardline stance on Brexit.

But Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, said on Friday any new prime minister will still face the problem of what to do with the Irish border, in order to secure frictionless trade, after Britain leaves the bloc.

Japan’s wage tumble overshadows spending growth, keeps BOJ under pressure

TOKYO ( ) – Japan’s household spending rose more than expected in March but real wages tumbled the most in nearly four years, dashing hopes consumer sector activity may soften the blow from external factors such as global trade conflicts.

The data add to recent weak signs in the export-reliant economy, which has been hit by slumping shipments to China and soft factory output, and cast doubt on the Bank of Japan’s view that growth will rebound in the second half of this year.

Fading recovery prospects were among key topics of debate at the BOJ’s rate review in April, with one board member warning that a scheduled sales tax hike in October and soft global demand could push the country into recession, a summary of the meeting showed on Friday.

“Given the current level of the unemployment rate, wages should be growing by a上海夜生活论坛round 1 percent and we expect a rebound in working hours to provide a tailwind over coming months,” said Marcel Thieliant, senior Japan economist at Capital Economics.

“But as economic activity remains weak and the labor market slackens, we expect wage growth to keep falling short of last year’s strong gains.”

Household spending gained 2.1 percent from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, rising for the fourth straight month and beating market forecasts for a 1.7 percent increase.

But separate data showed inflation-adjusted real wages fell 2.5 percent in March from a year earlier, the biggest decline since 2015, casting doubt about the resilience of consumption.

The data underlines the challenge policymakers face in breaking Japan’s sticky deflationary mindset, which discourages firms from raising prices for fear of scaring away households who have become accustomed to tepid price and wage growth.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have risen after a major setback in negotiations this week, dashing the BOJ’s hopes that apparent progress in the negotiations in recent months would help global growth rebound in the second half of this year.

The modest rise in household spending, however, may help Japan’s economy avert a contraction in January-March. The gross domestic product (GDP) data is due for release on May 20.

Some analysts have said a weak GDP data could heighten calls from politicians for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put off a twice-delayed increase in the sales tax rate to 10 percent from 8 percent in October.

“There’s a chance the economy may see flat or slightly positive growth thanks to stronger-than-expected household spending,” said Hiroaki Mutou, chief economist at Tokai Tokyo Research Institute.

“I don’t think the government will postpone the sales tax hike if the economy shows a small growth, or even a slight contraction,” he said.

Abe and his ministers have consistently said they will proceed with the tax hike unless the economy is hit by a shock of the scale of the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

European shares rise, aided by defensives amid gloomy trade outlook

( ) – European shares rose on Friday, with surging shares of Thyssenkrupp and robust defensive stocks helping equities on the continent avert the losses seen among their U.S. peers, which slid on persisting worries about U.S.-China trade.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he was in no hurry to sign a trade deal with China as a new set of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in, dashing hopes the world’s top two economies would salvage a last-minute trade deal.

European investors shuffled their equity holdings as they braced for more volatility on the second day of U.S.-China trade talks, with defensive stocks gaining popularity over the course of the上海夜生活论坛 session.

The STOXX 600 index gained 0.3%, lifting off an about one and a half month closing low clocked on Thursday. The pan-European index still recorded its biggest weekly decline this year, down 3.4%, bruised by trade worries.

“If things do escalate then this will have an impact of around 0.5 percentage points of global GDP and that would not be inconsiderable,” said Julian Mayo, chief investment strategist at investment management firm Fiera Capital.

Germany’s DAX rose 0.7%, with Thyssenkrupp – also the STOXX 600’s top gainer – lifted 28.2% by short-covering on news it will list its successful elevators business and embark on a fresh restructuring.

The level of short interest on Thursday was 38.3 million shares, the largest amount in more than four years, according to data from FIS Astec Analytics. Around 6.1% of Thyssenkrupp’s outstanding shares were out on loan.

Thyssenkrupp shares’ barnstorming performance on the day helped trim the degree to which they have underperformed industrial goods and services stocks in the year to date.

French and Italian stocks each tacked on 0.3%, while their London-traded peers eased marginally.

Defensive stocks such as those in the real estate and utilities sectors rose 0.3% and 1.1%, respectively.

With yields on German bonds maturing up to 10 years from now in negative territory, according to data on Refinitiv Eikon, European investors also favor defensive stocks for their dividend yields, relatively secure in a “lower-for-longer” position held by the European Central Bank.

Chemicals stocks gained 1.3%, with Linde leading the sector index with a 4.1% rise. The firm’s chief financial officer said it would hit the upper end of its 2019 earnings per share guidance, if the current business environment holds up.

Stocks of auto-makers and their suppliers slid 1% to their lowest closing level in more than a month, with Daimler falling 3.2%. The sector is relatively exposed to global trade ructions.

“A trade deal getting less likely in Q2 after Trump’s moves today…hopefully we can get a short break from Trump’s tweets and enjoy spring time instead,” Allan von Mehren, chief analyst and China economist at Danske Bank, wrote in a note.

LafargeHolcim gained 2.8% as the world’s top cement maker agreed to sell its Philippines operations. Credit Suisse also raised its price target on the stock.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares steady ahead of Fed meeting; May’s Brexit deal in chaos

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* Wall St advance, dollar flat as traders brace for a dovish Fed

* Pound choppy as UK parliament bans vote on same Brexit deal

By Tomo Uetake

March 19 – Asian shares treaded water on Tuesday ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting, hovering near six-month highs, while sterling was choppy as the speaker of Britain’s parliament banned another vote on same Brexit deal.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was virtually flat, just a hair away from the highest level since Sept. 21.

Japan’s Nikkei average dropped 0.5 percent, while Australian stocks eased 0.1 percent.

All three major U.S. indexes rose overnight, lifted by banks and tech names, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq Composite adding between 0.3 and 0.4 percent each.

“Speculators appear to be betting on rise in stock prices on the back of a dovish Fed. The Fed is unlikely to kill such hopes. Yet there is a risk the Fed could tone down its dovishness,” said Masanari Takada, cross-asset strategist at Nomura Securities.

With signs of global economic growth slowing, traders were focused on the Federal Reserve, which is kicking 上海夜网off its two-day policy meeting on later in the day, for clues about the likely path of U.S. borrowing costs.

In particular, investors will be focusing on whether policymakers have sufficiently lowered their interest rate forecasts to more closely align their “dot plot”, a diagram showing individual policymakers’ rate views for the next three years.

Also expected is more detail on a plan to stop cutting the Fed’s holdings of nearly $3.8 trillion in bonds.

“A key focus is when the Fed will omit the word ‘patient’ from its statement, as that would be a pre-requisite for a rate hike,” said Toru Yamamoto, chief fixed income strategist at Daiwa Securities.

In the currency market, the pound found firmer footing on Tuesday after slipping to as low as $1.3183 overnight as lawmakers cast doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May’s third attempt to get parliament to back her Brexit deal.

May’s Brexit plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-submitted in fundamentally different form.

May has only two days to win approval for her deal to leave the European Union if she wants to go to a summit with the bloc’s leaders on Thursday with something to offer them in return for more time.

Meanwhile, senior diplomats said the European Union leaders could hold off making any final decision on any Brexit delay when they meet in Brussels later this week, depending on what exactly May asks them for.

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies barely moved and was at 96.498.

The Japanese yen edged up 0.1 percent to 111.27 yen to the dollar, while the euro was almost flat at $1.1334.

Oil prices rose to near four-month highs on Monday, supported by the prospect of extended OPEC-led oil supply curbs and signs of inventory declines in U.S. crude stockpiles.

Early on Tuesday, U.S. crude futures slipped 0.2 percent to $58.99 a barrel.

UPDATE 2-Argentina inflation accelerates again in challenge for Macri

* February prices rise 3.8 pct vs month earlier

* Rolling 12-month inflation running at 51.3 pct

* Inflation rose almost 50 pct last year

* Central bank chief promises measures to curb inflation (Adds central bank chief comments)

BUENOS AIRES, March 14 ( ) – Argentina’s stubbornly high inflation accelerated again in February, the government said on Thursday, sparking the central bank chief to pledge new measures to rein in rising prices that have dogged the South American economy over the last year.

Inflation rose 3.8 percent in February, the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC) said, as President Mauricio Macri struggles to bring down prices ahead of key national elections this year.

The rise marked the second straight month where inflation has accelerated, underscoring the challenge facing Argentina’s leadership who are battling to stem a slide in the peso, rein in inflation and dig the country out of a recession.

Argentina’s central bank president Guido Sandleris held a press conference later in the day, slamming “too high” 上海夜网inflation and promising new measures to curb one of the steepest inflation rates in the world.

Sandleris said the central bank would extend its goal of zero growth in the monetary base to the end of 2019 but would not freeze the exchange rate as a measure to lower inflation.

He added a non-intervention trading band for the peso agreed with the International Monetary Fund last year would be tweaked so it depreciated more gradually than the current track.

The band, which sets an upper and lower limit for the peso to trade against the dollar, will depreciate at 1.75 percent per month starting from the second quarter versus 2 percent currently – meaning it should guide the peso lower more slowly.

The February inflation increase, the sharpest since October, took 2019 year-to-date inflation to 6.8 percent. Rolling 12-month inflation in the month was 51.3 percent, INDEC said.

Fueled by a weak peso, consumer prices in Argentina rose 47.6 percent in 2018, which analysts said was the highest annual rate in nearly three decades, hitting the country’s spenders as wage growth failed to keep apace.

Earlier this month economists raised their forecast for 2019 inflation to 31.9 percent from a previous estimate of 29.0 percent.

Gracia honoured to be a Watford coach

Javi Gracia, the new Watford coach, admitted that it is a big honour for him to be given this big chance to prove himself in the Premier League as he was chosen as the replacement of Marco Silva.

Watford decided to sack Silva as he was able to win just one match out of his side’s last 11 games and the Hornets are really close to the relegation zone right now – which is the thing that Gracia is expected to change immediately. The Spaniard was most recently the head coach of Rubin Kazan, the Russian side, and he signed the deal until 2019.

The former Malaga coach spoke about his feelings after being appointed as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I feel like I have been here many months. I feel happy, comfortable. I feel that this is like a family. This is an important step in my career. It was a dream. Not only as a coach, but as a professional player. The fans want to win matches. If you win playing well, it is better.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that his main goal is to avoid the relegation: “In this moment, after 11 matches without a win, they want to win a match and get the points to play in the Premier League next season. The principal target is to remain in the Premier League.”

In the end, Javi Gracia insisted that he doesn’t want to make any statements about his goals in the transfer window and he is looking forward to having the injured players back: “In this moment I am worried because we have many players injured and the most important thing for me now is to recover these players. The tr上海夜网ansfer window is open at this moment but I don’t mind about this. I prefer to try to recover players and make a team.”

Wagner still believes in an improvement

David Wagner, the Huddersfield Town manager, claimed that he believes in his side’s strengths and he is certain that they will bounce back after a 2-0 defeat to Stoke City which was a bit frustrating.

The German admitted that it was a frustrating matchday for him as they weren’t the better side, for sure, and this loss was well-deserved as Joe Allen and Mame Biram Diouf scored the second上海夜网-half goals to secure a crucial win for Paul Lambert’s side. The Terriers have been waiting for a win for six consecutive matches now and they are deep in the relegation battle but Wagner believes that they will turn it around.

The former co-worker of Jürgen Klopp spoke about this performance as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It’s a frustrating result for sure and it’s a deserved defeat, even if I can say my players gave everything. We have to be honest and say Stoke showed their individual quality; they were very aggressive and limited our offensive game. It’s frustrating because of the result even if the effort and attitude was there. We accept it and we’ll try to recover as quickly as we can.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that they weren’t able to be creative at all: “They’ve taken the atmosphere from the stands and they’ve limited our game. We were not able to create anything. After we conceded the first goal, it was even more difficult. We were not strong enough technically in the offensive. We didn’t close the wings for the first goal and Scott Malone was unlucky.”

In the end, David Wagner claimed that they were punished for their silly mistakes: “But we made an easy mistake for the second, giving the ball away and they countered. We have seen before and it is nothing new in the Premier League. You makes mistakes and you get punished. We have to try to turn this as quick as we can. With the attitude and desire, we have shown today, if we continue to show it I have no concerns that we will turn this around.”

Tour\u00e9 to remain at the Etihad

Even though the midfielder is not getting enough play time at the Citizens, he will not be leaving the club, claims his agent.

Yaya Touré will remain at Manchester City during the January transfer window, according to his agent Dimitry Seluk.

The Ivorian has six months left on his contract with the Citizens and will likely stay at the club to secure yet another Premier League title. Even though he does not get sufficient playing time, having made only eight appearances this season, Touré will not exit anytime soon.

“Everything is good at Man City. He will 100 percent stay at City in January,” Seluk told Sky Spor上海夜生活网ts News.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

“He wants to be a three-time champion of the Premier League, but he is also enjoying using his experience to help the young players at the club.

“During the Leicester Carabao Cup game, he had more appearances for City than all of the other starting players.”

The Citizens have the chance to create a 15-point gap between them and second-placed Manchester United on Wednesday and many believe that Pep’s team has already won the Premier League with no signs of slowing their pace down.

Dortmund boss does not see Real as Champions League favourites

Even though his side lost 3-2 to Los Blancos on Wednesday, Borussia’s manager was unimpressed by his opposition.

Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz is not convinced that Zinedine Zidane’s team is the team to beat if you want to challenge for the Champions League trophy this campaign.

Dortmund managed to get back from a 2-0 deficit on Wednesday through Aubameyang’s brace only to get denied a point by Lucas Vazquez’s later winner. The g上海夜生活网ame itself meant nothing for either side as Tottenham Hotspur made no mistake in their last fixture and eased their way with 3-0  win over APOEL, while Real Madrid had already secured the second seat in their group.

However, Bosz insisted it was hard to tip Real Madrid as the team to beat this season since he was left unimpressed by their showing on the pitch.

“After today’s game, I don’t know if it is possible to say that Real Madrid are the favourite to win the Champions League,” Bosz said during his news conference as quoted by Goal.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

“They were not very strong tonight.

“Although, it is true that they rested many players and they are one of the favourites.”

The German outfit will now join the Europa League after finishing third in their group and their boss admitted it felt disappointing leaving the Champions League early on.

“We wanted to continue in the Champions League,” Bosz added. “Now we will put everything we have into the Europa League.

“When the injured players return we’ll improve. We still have to improve our level of performance, today went very badly. We showed at times that we can play football very well.”

Lampard has his doubts about Bakayoko

Frank Lampard is becoming quite upset with the performances of Tiemoue Bakayoko as the Chelsea legend claimed that the Frenchman is “falling asleep” during the matches and he has to improve his work rate.

Bakayoko was part of yesterday’s squad when Chelsea was playing against Atletico Madrid – and to be said, he basically gave the lead to the guests. He failed to track Saul Niguez before the first goal of the game in the 56th minute and Chelsea failed to secure the top spot in the group also because of that failure. And Frank Lampard started to blame the midfielder’s concentration during the games.

The former England international spoke about Bakayoko after the match as he said, according to ESPN: “He sleeps. His concentration goes and at this level, you sleep for a second and it’s an easy goal for Atletico. I don’t know with Bakayoko. I think it’s well documented that he hasn’t settled quickly at Chelsea and English football in the Premier League as well and he has to come to grips with that.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that the former Monaco player has to improve as Conte has got options how to replace him: “A moment’s sleeping today doesn’t work so he needs to improve but he’s [Antonio Conte] got options. [Danny] Drinkwater will play as well but hopefully, Bakayoko will improve.”

In the end, the former Chelsea and Manchester City player insisted that the potential opponents for Chelsea in the knockout stage are going to be tough: “Obviously PSG, we’re all talking about them and Barcelona, we all know what they have to offer. Chelsea fans will realistically look at Besiktas [as the easiest opponent] but it’s a draw so who knows, and again who knows where all these different teams are. Even if Chelsea do draw one of the bigger teams then what a game and if you’re going to win this competition you have to beat 上海夜生活the big boys.”

Preview: Leicester – Manchester City

Premier League leaders Manchester City will be looking to consolidate their position today as they travel to face 12th-placed Leicester.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

A revived Leicester face the runaway league leaders from Manchester in this game. The home side have found their stride and are unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League (PL) games, after suffering 4 defeats in their first 6 matches.

Manchester City are breaking records left, right and centre at the moment. Since the 5th of April, the Citizens have played 27 games, winning 20 and drawing 7! Virtually unstoppable so far in the PL, they have won 10 of 11 so far, scoring a staggering 38 goals (3.45 goals per match on average).

Although City are superior in the scored goals department, the teams share a penchant for goals in their matches – only 2 of 22 matches involving these teams have ended with under 1.5 goals.

Sergio Aguero, who recently became Manchester City’s all time top scorer, continued his fine form with another goal against Arsenal before the international break… where he scored goal no. 35 for Argentina, putting him above Diego Maradona in the national scoring charts! Naturally, he is the PL top scorer at the moment, with 8 goals.Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best playe上海夜生活网rs of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Just a word of warning! Aguero was hospitalised after a half-time incident during Tuesday night’s friendly with Nigeria. He has undergone medical tests and has been cleared for this game. “Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks,” according to a club spokesperson.

Despite all the plaudits coming their way, City have one of the worst disciplinary records in the league so far, accruing 2 red and 20 yellow cards, a contrast to the squeaky clean Foxes, who’ve only seen 12 yellow cards all season.

Missing players

Leicester: R. Huth (ankle injury), M. James (Achilles tendon injury), Ad. Silva (unregistered)

Manchester City: B. Mendy (knee injury), N. Otamendi (suspension), V. Kompany (doubtful).

Conte: City a big problem

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte says stopping Manchester City will be difficult this year

Last year, Chelsea destroyed anyone standing in their way, which resulted in the Blues winning their second title in three seasons. However, this year they face an incredibly strong opponent in Pep Guardiola’s men.

Manchester City are unbeaten so far this season, after 10 Premier League games already in the books. Their closest competitors are l上海夜网ocal rivals, Manchester United. Mourinho’s side are 5 points behind City, while Chelsea are 9 points away from the league leaders.

In Chelsea’s pre-game conference ahead of their clash against Manchester United, Antonio Conte emphasized the problem Manchester City poses to them, being so dominant this year.

“But I think that, now, there is a big problem for all the teams that want to fight for the title, and this big problem is Manchester City.”

“Because, if Manchester City continue in this way, I think this is the big problem for all the teams who are thinking about fighting for the title,” he continued.Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

Conte was asked whether City can maintain their form and the coach replied: “I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know.”

“Until now, though, they are having a fantastic path. A fantastic path. If they continue in this way, it will be very difficult for all the teams to try and fight for the title until the end,” he added.

As GOAL reports, Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by City at Stamford Bridge in September to crank up the pressure against United, but Conte says his players must embrace the challenge of facing the league’s elite.

“I think when you play against Manchester United, City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham… I think it’s always a big game,” the coach said.

He believes playing in an atmosphere like that must be exciting, and players know everyone’s eyes are on them in such a big game.

“I think this type of game must excite the players, to play in a fantastic atmosphere, to play and to know that a lot of people will watch the game in the whole world. Yes. I think it’s a really big game.”

Field living his dream with West Brom

Sam Field has got his whole career ahead of him and he seems to be sure that he wants to spend the major part of it in West Bromwich Albion as he signed a new contract with his beloved club.

It wasn’t a hard decision for the youngster as he was a season-ticket holder and he can now expect to be part of the squad on the pitch. He said that he feels honoured to be given this chance and he believes that he will play as much as possible with the Baggies.

The youngster, who has supported this club his whole life, said, according to wba.co.uk: “It’s always an honour to play for West Brom so to get another year is just fantastic. The more years I can spend here the better. I’m dead chuffed!”Wijnaldum looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t sto上海夜生活pping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

He was obviously very happy with his new contract as he claimed: “It wasn’t one that I took much time to dwell over. I’m delighted to get it done and sorted now. I’ve been here since I was seven. The dream has always been to play in the First Team and hopefully over the next couple of years I get to do so more and more.”

Field also hopes that he will be given a chance to play more minutes for his side: “To start playing regularly now is the next stage of my development. I’ve had two games at the start of this season and we managed to win them both which is brilliant. Hopefully, I can get a run towards the end of the season. If not it might be going on loan, get some games and more experience. Hopefully, in the years to come, it’s fighting for a regular spot in the team.”

He can definitely have a bright future with West Brom – will he fulfil his huge potential?

Mourinho compares his side’s latest victory with Real Madrid’s loss

It was a big night for Tottenham Hotspur as they beat Real Madrid 3-1 at home – but José Mourinho was also happy with that because this result made his Manchester United’s last win even more valuable.

The Red Devils are second in the Premier League table but José Mourinho has been criticized for his defensive style of play – but now, he insisted that it has its reasons. Real Madrid showed that it’s not possible to win against teams like Tottenham if you don’t have proper tactics and Mourinho managed to do so just a few days ago.

The Portuguese tactician spoke about this connection as he said, according to ESPN: “I know that it is a different way of analysing things for this reason or that reason, similar performances for some clubs are magic, are examples of brilliant tactics and amazing attitude from the other players and for other teams the same kind of performance becomes conservative, becomes negative, becomes s上海夜生活o many adjectives.”Jamie Carragher puts Chelsea over Manchester United and Arsenal Nedim Maric – In an uneventful derby, last night, Manchester United and Arsenal both got point each.Top four-fight this season looks like it’s going to be between…

The former coach of Real Madrid or Chelsea also added: “Honestly, just as an example, Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1, Tottenham beat Real Madrid 3-1, Tottenham didn’t score against Manchester United so at least a little bit of credit my players deserve. It is just a change of normal training time because I want to be there and I cannot be in the morning so I have to change the timings.”

His team are still without Fellaini and Pogba and he doesn’t think they will be fit for the match against Chelsea: “We have to wait a little bit. Normally a press conference is a bit later in the week. I am not very optimistic but I don’t want to lie. I don’t want you to say I lie when I said no chance of recovering so I just say two more days to confirm my expectations.”

Alves: “Leaving Barca wasn’t easy”

Dani Alves talked about his decision to leave Barcelona and he admitted that it wasn’t easy for him at all – he also talked about the strain it put on some relationships as he left his beloved club.

It was a successful part of his career as Dani Alves won every trophy he could imagine with Barcelona but it was time to move on – and he decided t join Juventus. He helped the Italian side to win the Scudetto and to get to the Champions League final, while in the end of the season, he decided to sign a new deal with PSG.

The Brazil international talked about his departure from Barca as he said, according to Goal: “It was a combination of a few factors. I have many friends at PSG, my partner had lived in Paris and she adores the city, and the club has huge ambition to evolve and get bigger. Sure, I was hypnotised by the idea of working with Pep Guardiola once more. I was hypnotised by it and not looking around me at all of the other options available.”Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

He added: “I had already taken the decision to join Juventus without looking around first and it kind of harmed some people close to me. It wasn’t very easy to find a flight from Turin to see my kids in Barcelona. For my partner it was also harder to find work – there were not as many job opportunities for her in Turin.”

The former Valencia full-back also claimed that there were many more decisive factors: “There were lots of things to consider, and 上海夜生活网they drove me to PSG. Guardiola was the main reason, above all others, that I was considering going to play for Manchester City. In the end, there was an opportunity to join some very good friends at PSG, in an incredible city and at a club that has great potential. I know I can help to add some positive things to this club that go beyond football. It made more sense for me to pick Paris over Manchester on this occasion, but I don’t hide my admiration for Pep and my will to play in the Premier League in the future.”

City to move decisively for Sanchez

Manchester City are preparing the final assault for the transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

According to The Telegraph, the Citizens want to take advantage of the Chilean’s contractual situation and make a reduced bid, counting on Arsenal’s desire to cash in on the player. Aft上海夜生活er having made a bid of €70m in the summer, which was rejected by the Gunners, Manchester City will now offer only €23m for Sanchez, considering that his contract expires next summer and he can negotiate with any team in January.

Manchester City would prefer to pay a transfer fee that would satisfy Arsenal, in order to avoid entering a wages war with PSG, who are looking to sign the player for free and have prepared him a massive sign-on bonus.Neville: Pep Guardiola knows Man City aren’t good enough Andrew Smyth – Gary Neville has quashed Pep Guardiola’s claims that Manchester City won’t buy in January as they can’t challenge for trophies without defensive cover.

Pep Guardiola is keen to be reunited with his former player, which he brought to Barcelona in 2011, from Udinese. For this, Manchester City are ready to offer the Chilean more than €300k/week. The best paid player in City’s squad at the moment is Sergio Aguero, who i earning €250k/week. The Argentinian signed his current deal in 2014 and it will expire in 2019.

On Thursday, Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger admitted that Sanchez could leave in January. Asked about the possibility to cash in on players like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, whose contract are expiring next summer, Wenger said: “It’s possible. When you are in such a situation, you have to think of all the possibilities.”