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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.

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.

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.

Swiss trainmaker Stadler plans flotation as billionaire owner cuts stake

ZURICH ( ) – Switzerland’s Stadler Rail will float on the SIX Swiss Exchange in the next few months, the train builder said on T上海夜网uesday, selling shares from the 80 percent stake owned by billionaire Peter Spuhler.

The flotation is the latest ownership move in the rail industry which is going through a round of consolidation as companies bulk up to compete with China’s state-owned CRRC (601766.SS).

The planed merger between the rail operations of Germany’s Siemens (SIEGn.DE) and France’s Alstom (ALSO.PA) recently fell foul of European regulators, triggering speculation Alstom and Canada’s Bombardier (BBDb.TO) could merge.

Stadler on Tuesday said its initial public offering (IPO) was the next stage in its growth strategy which is targeting annual sales of roughly 4 billion Swiss francs ($4 billion) by 2020.

“The planned IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange is a logical next step in Stadler’s growth trajectory,” Spuhler said in a statement, noting the group had grown strongly since he acquired it in 1989 with just 18 employees.

The IPO is expected to consist entirely of shares held by Spuhler. After the transaction he will keep at least a 40 percent stake as Stadler’s largest shareholder and will continue to act as executive chairman, the company said. It has not yet put a price on the shares to be sold.

NEW ORDERS

RAG-Stiftung, which finances the cleanup of mining areas in Germany’s Ruhr and Saar regions, and Stadler staff will keep their 10 percent stakes after the IPO, it added.

Stadler also reported a rise in new orders to 4.39 billion francs during 2018. Annual revenue fell 18 percent to 2 billion francs, while operating profit fell 20 percent to 151 million.

The company, which employs around 8,500 workers, has built more than 8,000 trains since it was founded in 1942. Customers include CalTrain in the United States, Wales & Borders in Britain, and Russia’s rail company Aeroexpress that bought trains ahead of the 2018 soccer World Cup to ferry visitors from airports to Moscow.

Stadler wants to increase revenue in coming years by accelerating its service business and developing new products particularly in signaling technology.

The IPO is the latest in Switzerland, which had a bumper year for flotations in 2018 including with companies such as packaging company SIG Combibloc and CEVA Logistics.

Medical device maker Medacta Group also plans an initial share offering as it seeks to boost its visibility by going public.

Credit Suisse and UBS are acting as joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the Stadler IPO. BNP Paribas, Citigroup and Zuercher Kantonalbank are acting as joint bookrunners and UniCredit Bank as co-lead manager, while Reichmuth & Co, St. Galler Kantonalbank and Thurgauer Kantonalbank are acting as selling agents.

($1 = 1.0004 Swiss francs)

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.”

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].

Rodgers happy as Celtic finished third

Brendan Rodgers insisted that he is very happy that his side managed to grab the third place in the Champions League group despite losing against Anderlecht at home and they are about to play in the Europa League.

Jozo Simunovic scored an own goal which gave the first win in this year’s Champions League to Anderlecht but Celtic still managed to finish above the Belgian side. The former Swanse上海夜生活a coach admitted that his side weren’t the better one but he is very happy that they still secured the third place which means that they will have a chance to show up in the Europa League in spring.

Brendan Rodgers spoke about his side’s performance as he said, according to Sky Sports: “The context of the game affected the performance in the first-half with them having to chase the game. We couldn’t keep the ball. Midway through the first half, we had to change tactically and I was thankful to be in 0-0 at half-time. Second half we were better, we were able to stem the flow and be a threat.”Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers relishing Liverpool return Andrew Smyth – Brendan Rodgers is relishing Leicester City’s trip to his old club Liverpool, whom he described as a “privilege” to work for during his three-year stint.

He was happy that Celtic achieved their goal – to go through: “They were better than us tonight but our aim was to get through to Europa League and come third in the group, that would be a massive achievement and we did that. There is immense pride but it is hard to feel that when you have lost. We got the job done but obviously, we have a lot of work to do before we can affect that level. But we are through and we can look forward to it when it comes round in February.”

In the end, the former Liverpool coach admitted that some of the opponents were just too difficult for his side: “Maybe some of the players felt they have a long way to go before they can call themselves players at this level. We have to have a touch of realism here as well. There are going to be much better teams than us, we have to be clear on that.”

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.”

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: 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.

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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.”

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?

Depay: I will always be a risk-taker

Memphis Depay said he will forever be a risk-taker and his priorities are goals and assists, not defending

Lyon were beaten in this fixture last season, with the winger having a shocker, but the Dutchman will not play it safe this time around, GOAL reports.

The 23-year-old Depay made clear what his priorities are, saying he can’t be expected to excel defensively.

The Dutch winger has already scored 7 goals in 14 games this season, contributing to Lyon’s fight for a Champions League spot in Ligue 1.

Les Gones have won their last 5 games ahead of Sunday’s Rhone derby against Saint-Etienne. After the match last year, Memphis Depay came in for heavy criticism.

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Although Lyon lost that game 2-0, the Dutchman won’t change his style of play as they return to Saint-Etienne.

“I take risks, sometimes I lose the ball, it happens, this is the football,” Depay told L’Equipe.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…

“If you want a left winger who plays simple, I’m not the g上海夜网ood player,” the 23-year-old added.

Depay said he sees himself as a creative player, not just an average winger.

“Of course, I can play simple, but I’m also a player who can dribble, create. If I look [at] me in the mirror, I see a creative player.”

“The coach asks me a lot of effort, and I try to do what he asks me [but] I’m not a left-back,” he said about his efforts on defense.

Depay said he focuses on what is expected of him and tries to do his best.

“The most important for me, what is expected of me, are goals and assists. For the rest, I do my best.”

The Dutchman concluded by saying he doesn’t listen to the criticism he receives on social media.

“I’ve always been criticised, but the important that’s what my team thinks. Others, I don’t care about their opinion, they speak in the void. Social networks give them a voice, but I don’t listen it.”

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.”

Ventura could not help applauding Isco

Italy lost 3-0 to Spain, but Isco’s performance left even his opponents in awe.

Italy’s manager Giampiero Ventura revealed that there was nothing he could do, but applaud Isco following the Spaniard’s sensational individual performance.

Spain won 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at the Bernabeu on Saturday, with the Real Madrid star putting of a stunning performance during the first half. Isco’s showing was also backed by two goals and a ridiculous nutmeg against PSG midfielder Veratti.

“I could not help but applaud him when I saw him, he was a rival, but I am a lover of the beautiful things of this sport,” said Ventura after Italy’s loss, according to Goal.Top 5 best La Liga players from these mid-week fixtures Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After the sixth fixture in the Spanish La Liga, we have to talk about the Top 5 performers from the mid-week action in Spain.The…

“It was nice to see Isco live. He is a great player who did incredible things, you just have to think about the technical manoeuvre of the nutmeg he did in midfield, he left two opponents red-faced, then in the second half between three opponents and you do a nutmeg, that means he has incredible class, obviously上海夜生活网 superior to the rest of the players.

“But not just Isco, there were other players with a lot of class too. You have to be humble to recognise it and we have to work in order to be competitive.”

Below you can see Isco’s nutmeg on Veratti.

https://youtu.be/FB55PNmwMX4