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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

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By Peter Hobson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GERMANY: Industrial output and exports fell sharply in April.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All but tin were down this week.

May steps down as party chief, igniting leadership race

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Republicans make gains in U.S. governors’ races

( ) – Republicans in Missouri, Vermont and New Hampshire won competitive governor’s races on Tuesday, though most of the 12 contests left power in the hands of the incumbent party.

Here are the results.

MISSOURI

In one of the year’s closest gubernatorial races, Republican former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens edged Democrat Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general. Greitens will succeed Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat who has served the maximum two terms in office.

VERMONT

Vermont elected a Republican, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, over Democrat Sue Minter, a former state transportation secretary. Scott succeeds retiring Governor Peter Shumlin, a Democrat.

OREGON

Democratic Governor Kate Brown held off a challenge by Republican Bud Pierce, an oncologist. Brown was sworn in last year after her predecessor, John Kitzhaber, resigned in scandal. The election is for the final two years of Kitzhaber’s term.

INDIANA

Republican Eric Holcomb, the state’s lieutenant governor, beat Democrat John Gregg, a former state lawmaker. Holcomb entered the race after current Governor Mike Pence opted not to seek re-election in July when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump chose him as his vice presidential running mate.

WEST VIRGINIA

Democratic businessman Jim Justice defeated Republican state Senate President Bill Cole. Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was barred by term limits from running again.

UTAH

Incumbent Governor Gary Herbert, a Republican, won his re-election race against Democrat Mike 上海夜生活论坛Weinholtz, a healthcare executive. Herbert, who took office in 2009 after his predecessor, Jon Huntsman, resigned, won a second full term.

NORTH DAKOTA

Republican Doug Burgum, a former Microsoft Corp executive, defeated Democratic State Representative Marvin Nelson in the solidly Republican state. Governor Jack Dalrymple, a Republican who was eligible to run for re-election in 2016, declined to seek another term.

DELAWARE

Democrat John Carney, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, beat Republican Colin Bonini, a state senator. Democratic Governor Jack Markell was prohibited by term limits from running for re-election to the position he has held since 2009.

NORTH CAROLINA

Drawing national attention because of a debate over transgender rights, Republican Governor Pat McCrory is seeking a second term against Roy Cooper, a Democrat who has been the state’s attorney general since 2001. Cooper held a razor-thin lead as of Wednesday morning. McCrory told supporters tallying an unknown number of provisional ballots could take until Nov. 18.

MONTANA

Democratic Governor Steve Bullock is battling Republican tech entrepreneur Greg Gianforte to keep his seat. The race remained too close to call on Wednesday morning.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Republican Chris Sununu defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern to become the state’s next governor. Both candidates had been seeking to succeed Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

WASHINGTON

Democratic Governor Jay Inslee defeated a challenge from Republican Bill Bryant, a businessman and former commissioner of the Port of Seattle.

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.

PRECIOUS-Palladium soars to record, gold moves back up above $1,300/oz

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* Palladium hits record high of $1,567.50/oz

* Gold eyes second straight weekly gain

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By Arijit Bose and Karthika Suresh Namboothiri

March 15 ( ) – Palladium set a fresh record high on Friday amid expectations that China’s economic stimulus would drive demand for the autocatalyst metal, while news that Russia may ban exports of precious metal scraps compounded worries of a supply deficit.

Gold also rebounded, moving back above $1,300 an ounce, as the dollar dipped on weak U.S. economic data.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Beijing was open to additional monetary policy measures to support economic growth this year.

Spot palladium surged to a record $1,567.5 an ounce earlier in the session. As of 1:42 p.m. EDT (1742 GMT), the precious metal was trading 0.3 percent higher at $1,562.上海夜生活39 per ounce.

“The announcement of specific stimulus measures helped sentiment in China, which arguably is the global marginal consumer in automobiles, helping palladium climb quietly to new highs,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

“There is (also) some concern that talk of possible scrap metal export ban in Russia could impact already extremely stretched palladium supplies,” Wong added.

With the intention of promoting domestic refining of materials, Russia’s trade and industry ministry is considering banning exports of precious metals scrap and tailings from the country, the world’s largest producer of palladium, local newspaper Kommersant reported.

The price of the metal, used mainly in emissions-reducing catalysts for vehicles, has risen almost 90 percent from a trough in mid-August last year and is up about 24 percent so far in 2019.

“Palladium is starting to reach lofty levels off of which it could correct a bit in the short term,” said David Meger, director of metals trading at High Ridge Futures.

Meanwhile, gold rebounded following the previous session’s decline, gaining 0.5 percent to $1,302.62 an ounce en route to its second straight weekly rise.

U.S. gold futures settled 0.6 percent higher at $1,302.90 an ounce.

Fueling gold’s advance, the dollar fell against its rivals, weighed down by weak manufacturing and factory output data, ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting next week expected to shed more light on the outlook for U.S. interest rates.

“For gold, whether it closes above or below $1,300 will help determine sentiment early next week before focus moves to the new Fed dot plot,” said BMO’s Wong.

Lower interest rates reduce the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding bullion and weigh on the dollar. In other precious metals, silver gained nearly 1 percent to $15.31 per ounce, and platinum jumped 1 percent to $826.40.

In a potentially bearish development for the dollar, China’s official news agency Xinhua reported representatives from Beijing and Washington had made some progress on trade in a call held on Thursday.

The dollar has been preferred by investors as a safe haven amid deteriorating trade relations between the two countries.

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

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

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

By Tomo Uetake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Conte: “You need experience to be a manager”

Antonio Conte, the Chelsea manager, admitted that his job is quite often very difficult as he has to make tough decisions after his players make a mistake and he also claimed that he is glad that he started with this job in lower divisions.

The Italian insisted that it’s very important to gain experiences as a player to use it further on as a manager – and he has experienced quite a few difficult situations at his club as his position remains unclear and his relationship with David Luiz is more than questionable. He managed to win the title in his first season but now, the title race is over for his side and he has to deal with this situation somehow.

The former Juventus coach spoke about his experiences as he said, according to ESPN: “As a player, I was very lucky to have so many good managers in my career. I remember the first two at Lecce: Eugenio Fascetti and Carlo Mazzone. They were very important for me and my growth. They used the carrot and the stick with me. I brought this type of management with me to use with my players. Sometimes you must use the stick, and sometimes you must use the carrot.”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 he prefers to be nice but sometimes, he has to punish the player: “I prefer to use the carrots! But sometimes it’s a necessity to be strong. When someone makes a mistake, it’s right to underline this type of situation, and find the best solution to avoid the same mistake in the future.”

In the end, Antonio Conte insisted that he is glad that he started in lower divisions: “Often a player who had a great career thinks they can become a manager quickly. But it is one thing to play, and one thing to be a coach. They’re totally different. You must try to have上海夜生活网 the right experience before you can reach a fantastic target.”

Tour\u00e9 to remain at the Etihad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dortmund boss does not see Real as Champions League favourites

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

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

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

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

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

“They were not very strong tonight.

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

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

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

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

Pep denies disrespecting Spurs

The Catalan believes Pochettino simply misunderstood him.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola disagreed with Mauricio Pochettino’s statement that he disrespects Tottenham Hotspur. During a post-game interview with the Citizens boss after City’s 0-1 win over Chelsea, Pep assessed the potential title rivals by saying: “We’re in September. Chelsea won 13 games in a row last season. We have [Manchester] United and the Harry Kane team, who scores every game two or three goals.” – quoted by FourFourTwo.

It is no secret that Harry Kane has been tremendous for both club and country as he netted a total of 13 goals during September, scooping the Premier League player of the month award. Yet, Pochettino was seemingly offended by Pep’s words as he described Guardiola’s statement as ‘sad’: “I know Pep very well and when he is excited, after an amazing victory against Chelsea, sometimes he struggles to keep his position and be a gentleman. The situation didn’t affect me but, in reality, it was very disrespectful for many people.” Pochettino said, according to the Guardian.

However, Guardiola has tried to make things right with Spurs boss, insisting he never meant to be disrespectful, but simply was misunderstood.

I’m disrespectful?” he responded during a press-conference as quoted by Goal.Berbatov: It’s not the right time for Pochettino to move George Patchias – Dimitar Berbatov doesn’t think it’s the right time for Mauricio Pochettino to leave Tottenham Hotspurs or for him to join the likes of Madrid…

“I think Mauricio, for the times we’ve met each other and the times I spoke with him… maybe my English is not quite well.

“I never was disrespectful for my colleague in the press conference. Never.

“When I said ‘Harry Kane’s team’ it was because of上海夜网 the fact Harry Kane was scoring a lot of goals. I know very well that Tottenham is not Harry Kane alone.”

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.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

City to move decisively for Sanchez

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

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

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

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

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

Preview: Monaco – Besiktas

Besiktas are top of Group G with six points and will be travelling to Monaco to face the team at the bottom of the group, with only one point acquired in the first two matches.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Alvaro Negredo (Besiktas) scored the goal to knock Monaco out of the tournament (4-3 aggregate win) in the play-off round of ‘15/16 when he was a Valencia player.

Falcao has scored 14 goals in 15 games in all competitions this season. He also has history with Besiktas, having scored home and away whilst at Porto in the Europa League campaign of ‘10/11.

Monaco have a strong home record in European competition and are unbeaten in 12 of their last 15 home games, a run they will hope carries on after a poor start to the group stage (D1, L1).Can Marseille make it to the Champions League? Taimoor Khan – With a depleted workforce with not a lot o上海夜生活论坛f quantity or quality, Olympique de Marseille are bound to struggle this season. After being held…

There is always potential for a goal fest when Monaco take to the field, as there has been over 2.5 goals in 9 of their last 11 games.

Besiktas are not afraid of a big challenge, with on average 16.25 fouls, and 2.5 cards per game this season. They have a foul per tackle ratio of 1.05, making on average more fouls than clean tackles per game.

Missing players

Monaco: L. Badiashile (arm injury), G. Carillo (foot injury), S. Jovetic (thigh injury)

Besiktas: D. Boyko (doubtful), A. Nukan (doubtful), G. Tore (doubtful)

Preview: APOEL – Dortmund

Dortmund and APOEL will both be looking to get their first points in Group H, where Tottenham and Real Madrid each have six points after the first two rounds.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

APOEL’s best Champions League (CL) performance was when they reached the quarter-finals in 2011-12, but since then they haven’t made it beyond the group stages. APOEL have only scored in 1 of their last 10 CL group stage games.

APOEL have scored just 7 goals in 16 competitive matches against German opposition.

Dortmund have only kept 1 clean sheet in the last 8 CL away games.

This is the very 1st time Dortmund have faced opposition from Cyprus.

Dortmund have lost their last 3 away games in the CL (Goals For: 9, Goals Against: 3), but 7 out ofCan Marseille make it to the Champions League? Taimoor Khan – With a depleted workforce with not a lot of quantity or quality, Olympique de Marseille are bound to struggle this season. After being held…

Dortmund’s last 10 CL games have produced over 3.5 goals.

APOEL head coach Georgios Donis’ total European recor上海夜网d is 17 Wins, 11 Draws & 30 Losses, while

Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz has won only 1 European game in 9 in his managerial career so far.

Dortmund star Marco Reus remains sidelined with a long-term knee injury.

Missing players

APOEL: G. Efrem (injury), Z. Milanov (injury); F. Bertoglio (doubtful), V. Oliveira (doubtful).

Borussia Dortmund: E. Durm (hip injury), R. Guerreiro (Ankle injury), L. Piszczek (muscle injury), M. Reus (knee injury), S. Rode (thigh injury), A. Schurrle (thigh injury)

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

La Liga planning to organize matches abroad

The La Liga president is looking to expand the league’s global reach and plans to organize matches outside of Spain in the future.

Javier Tebas took part in the Soccerex Convention in Manchester and discussed the plans for development of the Spanish League: “La Liga is global entertainment and we want to grow the international appeal of La Liga.”

“As part of that effort we are discussing the option of playing some of the league matches outside of Spain. These discussions are still in early stages, but as La Liga, we support the idea”, Tebas was quoted by the Financial Times. Report: Mourinho rejects several offers amid Real Madrid talk Andrew Smyth – Jose Mourinho has reportedly turned down several job offers in Europe as he eyes up a potential shock return to Real Madrid.

This summer, Real Madrid and Barcelona played a pre-season match in Miami. It was the first time the two teams met outside Spain since 1982. The match attracted a crowd of 66.000 people in the stands of Hard Rock Stadium.

The match was part of the International Champions Cup, which is organi上海夜生活论坛zed by Relevent Sports, whose chairman said that their next step is to move from organizing friendly games to organizing competitive matches from different leagues in different parts of the world.

According to Deloitte, La Liga is currently third in Europe’s top leagues in terms of the generated revenue, only behind Premier League and Bundesliga. Last year, the Spanish League signed a domestic television rights deal worth €2,65bn. Although the amount represents a major improvement compared to the previous deals, they are still a long way behind Premier League, who sold their domestic tv rights for double the amount.