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* Peso briefly rises as much as 2% against dollar

* Dollar index up 0.2%, bouncing after having lost 1.2% last week

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By Daniel Leussink

TOKYO, June 10 ( ) – The Mexican peso jumped against the dollar early in Asia on Monday after the United States and Mexico struck a migration deal late last week to avert a tariff war, providing much-needed relief to fragile market sentiment.

Over the past year, trade disputes between the United States and its trading partners, including a long-running conflict with China, have slowed global growth and unsettled financial markets.

Group of 20 finance leaders on Sunday said that trade and geopolitical tensions have “intensified”, raising risks to improving global growth, but they stopped short of calling for a resolution of the deepening U.S.-China trade conflict.上海夜生活网

The Mexican peso rose as much as 2% against the dollar as trading resumed for the first time after Mexico agreed on Friday to expand along the entire border a programme that sends migrants seeking asylum in the United States to Mexico. The peso was last up 1.65% at 19.30 pesos per dollar.

U.S. President Donald Trump had threatened to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders.

“We all knew that Donald Trump was unpredictable, but this was taking it to a whole new level,” said Chris Weston, Melbourne-based head of research at foreign exchange brokerage Pepperstone.

“This was political, it was social. It meant that financial markets had to wear a higher risk premium.”

Against the safe-haven yen, the dollar gained 0.2% to 108.425 yen.

The Japanese currency tends to benefit during geopolitical or financial stress as Japan is the world’s biggest creditor nation.

Futures for the S&P 500 were last up nearly half a percent.

Still, the dollar’s gains were checked by rising expectations the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates during the second half of the year.

Those views were bolstered on Friday when data showed nonfarm payrolls increased by 75,000 jobs last month, much smaller than the 185,000 additions estimated by economists in a poll, suggesting the loss of momentum in economic activity was spreading to the labour market.

Fed funds rate futures are still pricing in more than two 25-basis point rate hikes by the end of this year even after their retreat early on Monday after the U.S.-Mexico migration deal.

“The market is saying it is not a question of if, it is a question of when, and to what extent, we’re going to get a rate cut for this year,” said Pepperstone’s Weston.

Against a basket of six peers, the dollar rose 0.2% to 96.716, recovering slightly after ending with a 1.2% loss last week, its worst weekly performance since the week of Feb. 16 last year.

Elsewhere in the currency market, the euro edged down 0.1% to $1.1318, retreating from an 11-week high of $1.1348 touched on Friday.

The Australian dollar was down a shade at $0.6995, giving up some of last week’s gains, when it rose 0.9%.

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.

CalPERS chief sees volatility until Trump implements plans

SAN FRANCISCO ( ) – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s chief investment officer advised the pension fund on Monday to prepare for “greater uncertainty and volatility” until U.S. president-elect Donald Trump and Congress implement their policy plans.

Ted Eliopoulos told a meeting of the fund’s investment board that Trump’s plans would likely be “positive for growth and corporate earnings,” but “the devil will be in the details, and we don’t know the details.”

Trump has indicated he would prioritize a broad mix of policies, including tax cuts, infrastructure spending, the repeal or lessening of Dodd-Frank financial regulation, and changes to global trade arrangements.

Decisions made by the new administration and Congress will have “a significant impact on matters small and large” for CalPERS and for investors globally, Eliopoulos said during a live Webcast of the meeting, the board’s first since the U.S. presidential election last week.

But it is “much too early to talk with precision about these implications since we know very little,” Eliopoulos added.

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“We do need to be prepared to address a much different policy environment, new economic and investment challenges and opportunities and be ready to adjust, act, and govern ourselves accordingly,” said Eliopoulos.

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Kansas judge strikes state’s dual voter registration system

( ) – A state judge on Friday struck down a Kansas voter registration system that would have prevented people from voting in state and local elections unless they show proof of U.S. citizenship.

The judge ruled that the loss of voting rights for more than 18,000 Kansas residents “far outweighs” the risk posed by potential voter fraud, as the state mentioned only about two dozen people who may have attempted to improperly register to vote over the last 13 years.

“The right of citizen suffrage forms the foundation of a democratic society,” Larry Hendricks, District Judge in Shawnee County, wrote in a 19-page ruling. “Whenever the laws of a state and the federal government clash with respect to this right, cracks are bound to appear in the framework of democracy.”

Kansas has had one of the strictest voter identification statutes in the United States, making the state a symbol for mostly Republican Party supporters who say the rules are meant to prevent voter fraud. Opponents, mostly Democrats, say the rules discriminate against minorities.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said by phone on Friday he planned to appeal the ruling adding, “I regard the decision as wrong … and this decision stands in the way of protecting our elections.”

The American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit said the voter registration system established by Kobach violated the state’s constitution and state law and called it “two-tiered.”

“This ruling is a victory for Kansas voters and a stinging rebuke of Secretary Kobach’s repeated efforts to improperly use his authority to obstruct their access to the ballot,” ACLU Voting Rights Project staff attorney Sophia Lakin said in a statement.

The ACLU said the system would have denied the right to vote in state and local elections to residents who registered through a federal voter registration form or when they applied for or renewed their driver’s license.

Under the rejected system, those people could have voted in federal elections but would have had to show proof of citizenship to vote in state and local ones.

The system required registrants to prove their citizenship by providing one of a series of documents, inclu上海夜生活网ding birth certificates and passports.

Kobach has gained a reputation for pushing a series of voting and anti-immigration measures as a national debate over voting restrictions has accelerated since the Supreme Court struck down parts of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.

Fed officials see risks in weaker inflation expectations, trade row

WASHINGTON ( ) – A drop in the consumer outlook for inflation and intensifying trade tensions drew caution from Federal Reserve officials on Monday as policymak上海夜生活论坛ers faced fresh market volatility and a renewed set of risks.

While Fed officials have largely discounted the trade war so far as unlikely to derail the U.S. economic expansion, officials emphasized Monday that a protracted tit-for-tat battle between the United States and China was a different matter that might require a Fed response.

“If the impact of the tariffs – and whatever financial market reaction to those tariffs is – causes more of a slowdown, then we do have the tools available to us, including lower interest rates,” Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, a voter this year on Fed rate policy, said in an interview with .

While Rosengren said he was “not necessarily” expecting a rate cut to be necessary, the market sell-off Monday was deep and potentially disruptive to the Fed’s core expectation that interest rates will remain on hold for some time to come.

Major U.S. equity markets were down between 2% and 3.5% on Monday, while bond investors sharply increased their bets that the Fed would be forced to cut rates this year. A closely watched spread between long- and short-term bonds turned negative, seen by some officials as a sign of weakened market confidence in the economic outlook.

After the collapse of U.S.-China talks last week and the threat of tariffs ratcheting ever higher, there was more reason to believe the tensions will last a while.

“If it’s the worst-case scenario and it’s ever-increasing tariffs for an extended period of time, that could change things, that could have a real effect on U.S. GDP growth,” Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari said on CNBC.

Traders and analysts on Monday said the volatility is likely to continue.

“You cannot game what two leaders…are going to do from day to day,” said Anthony Saglimbene, global market strategist with Ameriprise Financial Services in Troy, Michigan, of the high-stakes standoff between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

RATE CUTS BACK ON RADAR

Fed officials have been careful to say that nothing yet has changed their core outlook, which envisions rates to be held in their current range of between 2.25% and 2.5% until either growth demonstrably weakens and inflation falls further, justifying a rate cut, or faster inflation makes higher rates warranted.

As the trade war intensified over the last few days, however, traders in the federal funds futures market have moved decisively in favor of expecting a Fed rate cut in coming months. Data from the CME Group now sees the Fed cutting rates in October, with a near 10 percentage point shift since Friday in the probability of a rate reduction at that Fed meeting.

The pressure on the Fed could come from several directions. Economic growth overall could slow if the tariff wars continue and global trade declines; “wealth effects” could directly impact business and household confidence and spending if the stock declines continue; higher costs could hit company profits, and discourage hiring.

A further complication for the Fed: The inflation outlook among U.S. consumers dipped sharply in April, countering Fed policymaker hopes that inflation dynamics will improve and the pace of price increases soon rise toward their target level.

Survey data released by the New York Federal Reserve on Monday showed consumer expectations of the inflation rate over the next year fell to 2.6% from 2.82% in the March survey. The nearly quarter point drop was the third-largest since the survey was launched in mid-2013. The outlook for inflation over the next three years also fell, to 2.69% from 2.86%, evidence that medium-term expectations have also weakened in recent weeks.

Following the Fed’s most recent meeting, Chairman Jerome Powell and others said they felt recent weak inflation readings were driven by “transitory” factors that would disappear over time and allow overall inflation to rise.

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But a drop in inflation expectations is another matter, and could be evidence that households and businesses are losing faith in the Fed’s ability to deliver on its inflation goal – a worrying development for central bankers who feel their ability to keep expectations set around their inflation target is critical to meeting the goal.

As of the Fed’s last policy statement on May 1, officials said they felt expectations remained stable.

While consumer surveys are discounted by some officials as overly influenced by things like changes in gasoline prices and other costs that consumers closely monitor, some broader market expectation measures have also shifted. Since late April, for example, a St. Louis Federal Reserve measure of the inflation rate expected five years from now, based on trading in different types of bonds, dipped to 1.9% from 2.1%, a sign traders also see weaker inflation ahead.

As clock ticks, Senate seeks way to avert shutdown

WASHINGTON ( ) – Plans to avert a U.S. government shutdown began taking shape in the Senate on Tuesday, but it was still far from certain whether a dispute over funding for women’s healthcare group Planned Parenthood could be overcome.

With only days remaining before an Oct. 1 deadline, Senate leaders said they were pursuing a stop-gap funding bill to extend the present federal budget for about 10 weeks beyond the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.

Known as a continuing resolution, or CR, this approach was gaining traction, said senior senators from both parties.

Meanwhile, the White House budget office began working with government agencies on shutdown plans.

“Prudent management requires that the government plan for the possibility of a lapse,” a spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement, emphasizing that the White House believes there was still time to prevent a shutdown.

The Senate’s CR approach may fail if conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives stand by their threat to oppose any spending plan that preserves federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is under attack over allegations that it improperly sells aborted fetal tissue.

President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats oppose defunding the group, which has said it has done nothing wrong and blasted the allegations as deceptive and unfair.

“Given the president’s opposition and Democrats’ opposition, at some point I anticipate there will be a clean CR,” said Senator John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid largely concurred saying, “We’re going to move to a clean CR on Thursday.”

There were no signs, however, that House Republicans would go along with this plan. Abortions are a small part of Planned Parenthood’s services, making it a perennial target for anti-abortion forces among conservative Republicans.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote on Thursday on a CR keeping federal agencies funded through Dec. 11 and giving Congress time to work out a longer-term budget deal.

McConnell’s measure would try to strip the portion of Planned Parenthood funding from discretionary programs. Democrat上海夜生活s were expected to block that version of the bill.

Conservative Republicans have called for an end to the group’s current funding of about $500 million a year, mostly from Medicaid healthcare reimbursements independent of annual spending bills. McConnell’s bill would attack a much smaller portion, about $50 million.

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.

Manchester City target Laporte

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has now become subject of a club-record £57m deal for Premier League side Man上海夜生活论坛chester City.

According to the BBC, the 23 year old Frenchman has been long admired by Manchester City Pepe Guardiola and the club now appear to be willing to meet the release clause for the centre-back. No deal has yet to be concluded but the transfer is expected to be completed before Wednesday’s transfer windows deadline.

Should the transfer be made it will eclipsed the record fee that City paid for midfielder Kevin de Bruyne back in 2015.

Laporte joined Bilbao at the tender age of 16 and has gone on to score 10 goals in 222 appearances for the Basque club and is regarded as one of La Liga’s most promising young defender’s. He has yet to feature for the senior side on French national squad, but has featured 19 times for France at under-21 level.Opinion: Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot at FC Barcelona Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Due to his level of success at River Plate, we will tell you why Marcelo Gallardo deserves a shot to coach FC Barcelona in…

With the questionable fitness of skipper Vincent Kompany and the evident lack of confidence Guardiola appears to have in Eliaquim Mangala, Laporte’s timely arrival will certainty provide Guardiola a valuable option in central defence.

Also being linked to City is West Brom captain Jonny Evans. But it appears more likely that Evans will move to either Arsenal or Leicester City, as it appears City will only make a move should Mangala leave before the January transfer window closes.

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.”

Preview: Burnley – Manchester United

Burnley welcome a rejuvenated Manchester United side to Turf Moor for a Premier League matchday 24 clash. After a bright start to the season, Burnley’s recent poor form in all competitions (P5, L3, D2) has found them wanting in their quest to secure a European competition slot.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Having won their last three matches and keeping clean sheets in all of these encounters, a Jose Mourinho-lead Manchester United side will definitely eye extending their good run of form.

Ashley Young, Mourinho’s trusted left-back, is back from suspension but Luke Shaw has performed well in his absence, which will leave the Portuguese with a tough decision to make. This could likely be the only change from the side that beat Stoke 3-0上海夜生活 on Monday night.

Burnley will be hoping to grind out a result here as they have not managed a win against the Red Devils in their last six PL attempts (PL, L3, D3).

Also, recent meetings between these sides have often been a feisty affair, with 29 yellow cards in their last six PL meetings (4.8 on average per game). Out of the 29 yellow cards, Burnley received a total of 17 and Man United 12.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…

Key battles: Defender James Tarkowski (Burnley) has has won the plaudits this season. Can a rejuvenated Romelu Lukaku (United) get the better of the young centre back?

Stat attack: Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches in all competitions, while they are undefeated in their last seven PL matches.

Burnley have failed to win in their last six PL matches.

Missing players

Burnley: R. Brady (knee injury), T. Heaton (shoulder injury), J. Walters (knee injury), S. Arfield (doubtful), S. Ward (doubtful), C. Wood (doubtful)

Manchester United: E. Bailly (ankle injury), D. Blind (muscle injury), M. Carrick (injury), Z. Ibrahimovic (knee injury).

Kane: Alli thrives on jeers

The captain of Spurs and the Three Lions insisted that his team-mate is only taking positives from the crowd abuse he receives.

Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane believes that Dele Alli is the best when playing under the radar of the crowd. The English midfielder was jeered throughout the whole game as Spurs won 3-0 against Burnley on Saturday, with Alli making a rather reckless tackle early on, but receiving just a yellow card. To make things worse, the Spurs player won a penalty with what appeared to be a dive, which frustrated the Clarets’ fans even more.

However, Alli was not affected by the fact t上海夜生活论坛hat he was targeted by the crowd, and his team-mate Harry Kane insists that the midfielder only thrives on the jeers from the fans.

“I think it makes him play better,” Kane said as quoted by Goal. “You saw him against Burnley – I thought it was fantastic. He fed off the crowd.

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“Dele was great. He was aggressive – we were all aggressive and that’s what we said [before the game]. We had to come out, press, make runs behind, be aggressive and brave with the ball. That’s what happened and we deserved to win.

Kane then proceeded to defend Alli, insisting that he is not only a great player, but also a great person, rubbishing the claims that the Englishman dived to win a penalty against Burnley.

“He’s a great person and he’s a great player. He’s got that aggressive side to him and that’s what makes him who he is.

“I don’t think he stepped over the mark at all against Burnley. I think the penalty was definitely a penalty, but of course away from home you always get fans getting on someone’s back and it was Dele [that time].

Preview: Real Madrid – Dortmund

Real Madrid host Borussia Dortmund having already qualified for the Champions League (CL) knockout stages as runners-up in Group H.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

For the first time since the 2011-12 season, Dortmund have failed to reach the CL last 16.They are now sitting third, level on just two points (D2, L3, GD-5) with bottom-placed APOEL (D2, L3上海夜生活网, GD-12), who make the trip to Tottenham. A win for Tottenham in that game will almost certainly mean Dortmund qualify for the Europa League.

Dortmund are currently on a seven-game winless streak (D3, L4) in all competitions and have never won at fortress Bernabeu (D2, L4), where Madrid are still unbeaten in the CL under Zinedine Zidane (W9, D2, GF 29, GA 8).

Zidane’s side will look to get a morale-boosting win ahead of Saturday’s La Liga (LL) clash with Sevilla. The Madrid boss finds himself under increased pressure as they remain eight points adrift of league leaders Barca after 14 games.

Ahead of the game, Zidane reaffirmed his confidence and belief that there are much brighter times ahead for his team: “We definitely need to score more goals, but I’m not worried. I have no doubt things will change for the better,” he said in the pre-match press conference.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…

With a brace against APOEL, Cristiano Ronaldo took this goal tally for Madrid in European competitions to 100 goals (98 CL goals + two UEFA Super Cup goals). The top scorer in European Cup/CL history (113 overall) has a staggering 18 CL goals to his name in 2017 (12 games), whereas he has scored just 17 LL goals (28 games).

Madrid have failed to score more than three goals in a home game since a 4-1 win over Sevilla in May this year.

Dortmund and former Madrid player Nuri Sahin said of his team’s chances against the defending champions: “We have played at the Bernabeu quite a few times, and that may work in our favour.”

Missing players

Real Madrid: D. Carvajal (suspension), M. Asensio (doubtful), G. Bale (doubtful), L. Zidane (doubtful)

Dortmund: G. Castro (face injury), E. Durm (hip injury), M. Gotze (ankle injury), M. Philipp (knee injury), L. Piszczek (muscle injury), M. Reus (knee injury), S. Rode (thigh injury), J. Toljan (suspension), A. Isak (doubtful), J-B. Larsen (doubtful).

Lovren: “We have to keep going”

Dejan Lovren, the Liverpool centre-back, spoke about feelings that he has while playing for the Reds – and he insisted that it’s a great pleasure to play together with these great players.

Liverpool have been unbeaten for nine matches currently and the Croat is certain that this great form will remain at Anfield for a longer period of time – he also insisted that it’s great to watch the attacking force of the team from the pitch as Sadio Mané, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have all been in a great shape recently.

The former Southampton defender spoke about his feelings as he said, according to liverpoolfc.com: “It’s brilliant at the moment. It’s a great pleasure to be in the dressing room now and to enjoy every moment with the team. Also, around the club, I think everyone feels confident and when yo上海夜生活网u meet fans on the street, everyone is smiling, happy and can’t wait for the next game.”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 team have to keep the momentum going: “It’s a good moment, but the most important thing is that we need to keep this moment going on. That’s difficult, but I think we can do it. We’ve shown many times when we’ve needed to show it that we are a team full of players with character. This is what is pushing us on and hopefully, it will stay like that.”

Dejan Lovren, in the end, praised the attackers for being really unpredictable in front of the opposition’s goal: “We are in a good moment when we are doing our tactical things, defensively all together, and then when we have the ball, we are so quick on the counter-attack; with this speed and all of these different movements, it’s unpredictable for other teams, what we will do in these moments.”

Preview: Juventus – Lazio

The first derby of the eighth Serie A round will see Juventus (2nd) host Lazio (4th) at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. With only three points between the two teams, the match announces to be a captivating one.

Key facts before the match

Juventus have lost just once at home in their last 89 Serie A games and have won all 5 home matches this season (all competitions), while Lazio have registered 5 straight away wins this season (all competitions), incl上海夜生活uding a 3-2 Italian Super Cup win over Juventus.

Lazio haven’t won at Juventus in the league since December 2002 (2-1).

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) has scored 5 goals in his last 5 games against Lazio and is Serie A’s top goalscorer this season with 10 goals. Lazio’s Ciro Immobile is second on the list with 9 goals.

There hasn’t been a draw between these sides in any competition since January 2014 (11 games), and Juventus have only drawn once against any opposition in their last 15 games, while the last 17 games that Lazio have played only saw 1 draw!Sarri still isn’t ready to field Ronaldo, Dybala and Higuain onto the pitch Nedim Maric – Juventus slid to an easy 3-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen last night with Higuain, Bernardesci, and Ronaldo scoring for Sarri’s side.After a convincing win,…

The last time Juventus drew 0-0 at home was back in November 2012 (92 games) and that was against Lazio!

Juventus average 2.75 goals per home game this season in Serie A and Lazio average 2.67 goals per away game. Lazio’s last 8 away league games in total all registered over 2.5 goals.

Missing players

Juventus: Howedes (thigh injury)

Lazio: Anderson (muscle injury) Basta (thigh injury)

Stones believes England can play like Manchester City

The defender thinks that his country has the squad to play the same style of football, but insists results are more important.

Manchester City full-back John Stones is positive that the Three Lions have the players to duplicate the Citizens’ offensive style of football.

Guardiola’s team has been impressing since the start of the season, winning six out of seven games with 22 goals scored and 2 goals conceded. They are currently on top of the table, ahead of local rivals Manchester United on goal difference.Foden happy at City despite the lack of playing time Nedim Maric – Phil Foden showcased his talent once again when he scored the clinching goal last night after coming on in the 90th minute of the…

Even though Stones thinks highly of his team-mates and believes they are capable of playing offensive and entertaining football, he believes that results are what counts the most on the international scene.

“We’ve got the players to do it,” said the centre-back, according to Goal. “It’s difficult to bring how you play in the Premier League into international football –  it’s so different –  but we’re always striving to become better and there’s a lot of likeness between how City play and international football. Or to how Tottenham play. But to gel all those things is very difficult.

“As long as England w上海夜生活网in and keep clean sheets and keep bettering ourselves every year and making the nation proud, that’s all that matters.”

Preview: Manchester United – Newcastle United

Manchester United are second in Premier League, eight points behind rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils will receive the visit of 11th-placed Newcastle United today at Old Trafford.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

Manchester United, who in the last 4 matches have seen their neighbours Man City pull 8 points away at the top of the league, welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford confident that their home form will see them through (8 straight wins in all competitions).

The teams managers, José Mourinho and Rafa Benitez, have had 16 tactical duels so far. ‘The Special One’ so far holds a slight advantage, having beaten Benitez’ teams 7 times (D4 L5).

Those looking for long odds will have to look further than a home side clean sheet today. Newcastle have only managed 3 goals in 5 away matches, while David de Gea and Manchester United are yet to concede at home in the Premier League this s上海夜生活eason!Ryan Giggs reflects on changing Daniel James Nedim Maric – Daniel James moved from Swansea to Manchester United in an unlikely transfer which raised many eyebrows.A jump from English second division to the senior…

The September 10, 2016 was the last time Manchester United suffered defeat at Old Trafford (2-1 against Manchester City) – they have played 38 games since then.

Newcastle will have to be wary of powerful striker Romelu Lukaku in this match. The big Belgian might not have scored in his last 7 games (PL), but will find consolation in his stats against ‘The Magpies’: 5 goals and 4 assists in 8 matches so far. Lukaku did score 3 goals during the recent internationals and the goal on Tuesday against Japan was his 31st for Belgium, making him their all-time leading scorer.

Missing players

Manchester United: Z. Ibrahimovic (doubtful), M. Carrick (doubtful), P. Jones (doubtful), M. Rojo (doubtful)

Newcastle United: P. Dummett (thigh injury), M. Merino (lower back injury), C. Atsu (doubtful), J. Lascelles (doubtful).

Pastore doesn’t want to leave PSG

Argentina international Javier Pastore claimed he is “not thinking about a transfer”, despite possibly not getting enough playing time to become a regular starter for his country next year in Russia

Javier Pastore has fallen down the pecking order at Parc des Princes, but claims he doesn’t want to move from Paris Saint-Germain.

Although the midfielder said he doesn’t think about leaving the French club in January, Pastore admitted he needs to play more to be in Argentina’s squad for next year’s World Cup.

The 28-year-old moved to Paris from Palermo before the 2011-2012 Ligue 1 season had started and was one of the first big names PSG signed after the club’s Quatari revolution.

The playmaker’s first 4 years were successful in Paris, however, he has been struggling to become a regular starter since 2015 due to injuries and inconsistent performances.

This season the Argentine has featured in 7 of PSG’s 13 Ligue 1 games and started in only four of them.Report: Icardi opens PSG account in 0-1 win over Gala George Patchias – Mauro Icardi opened his goal-scoring account for PSG in a 0-1 away victory over Galatasaray.While Thomas Tuchel has begun to integrate Mauro Icardi into…

The 28-year-old knows he needs to play more ahead of t上海夜生活he World Cup but says he doesn’t see a reason to leave Unai Emery’s team.

“I think it’s normal that I player wants to play all the time, but it’s the coach’s decision,” Pastore told reporters.

“If I can play as I did [against Nantes] then I’ll be fine. I also need to try not to have any more injuries.”

“I want to go to the World Cup, but if the boss sees I’m not playing then it’ll be difficult for him to pick me,” he added.

“But I’m not thinking about a transfer. I want to give my best for the club.”

The midfielder has been linked with Sevilla, but when asked whether he would join the Spanish side if he were to leave, he replied: “It’s more likely that I’ll go to Italy.”

Pogba believes in Manchester United

Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba claims he would stop playing if he thought his side were unable to win the Premier League title this year

Despite their 8-point deficit to local rivals Manchester City, United still have a shot at the league title, claims Pogba.

The French midfielder returned to Old Trafford after being out for two months due to an injury he picked up against Basel in September.

Jose Mourinho’s men were not playing to the best of their knowledge without Pogba, but now that he returned, the Red Devils have defeated Newcastle United in a 4-1 game.

Despite Guardiola’s men looking unstoppable sometimes, Pogba has refused to write off his club’s chances.

“The season is very long, of course. If I don’t believe that, I’d stop playing,” Pogba told BBC Sport, when asked whether he believes in United’s chances.

“If I don’t believe we can still win the league, I better stop. I’ll leave my boots and stop playing football cause I’m a believer we keep figh上海夜网ting,” he added. 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 players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Pogba’s successful return wasn’t the only good news for the Red Devils in the victory as Romelu Lukaku found the back of the net for the first time in the Premier League since a win over Crystal Palace on September 30, GOAL reports.

Pogba was happy to serve his team-mate with an assist once again and went on to praise Lukaku’s abilities.

“I come back and Romelu scores again? I like that,” the Frenchman added.

“We’ve got a lot of good players, a lot of talented players. We have to trust each other.”

The midfielder said the Belgian striker is the best in England, and United had never doubted that.

“Romelu is the best striker in the Premier League. We know his quality. We know everything. We don’t worry about him.”

“And at the end, we see the result,” Pogba concluded.

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.”