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Trump spokesman sparks outcry by comparing Assad to Hitler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York police arrest 25 at immigration protest in Trump Tower

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

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

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

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

Charges were pending, a police said in a statement.

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

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

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.

Kansas judge strikes state’s dual voter registration system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fed officials see risks in weaker inflation expectations, trade row

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RATE CUTS BACK ON RADAR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

Manchester City target Laporte

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wagner still believes in an improvement

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

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

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

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

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

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].

Mata doesn’t consider the Bristol defeat to be a tragedy

Juan Mata insis上海夜生活ted that his teammates and he have to move on and forget about their latest 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the Carabao Cup match –  and the Spaniard doesn’t consider it to be a tragedy.

Korey Smith scored in the dying minuted to give a surprising win to the home side – and Manchester United were stunned by the performance of Bristol City away from home. Mata admitted that it was a huge disappointment for him and his side but he insisted that they need to focus on the upcoming matches and try to have a successful season in the end.

The former Chelsea and Valencia player spoke about this painful defeat as he said, according to Sky Sports: “When you play for a club like Manchester United every defeat is a massive blow for everyone. For the fans, for you but especially for us. We suffer when we don’t win because there’s such a high standard in this football club to try and win every game.”Solskjaer “very pleased” after another failure to win George Patchias – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was “very pleased,” even though United failed to win yet again.It is now ten games on the road since…

He continued by adding that they want to win every single game but it’s just impossible: “But we need to understand that defeat is part of sport and part of football and it can happen so it’s not a tragedy. It’s not good at all, but we need to move on and accept it as a part of football and keep moving. Obviously, we would like to win every single game and we would like to try to do so until the end of the season.”

In the end, Juan Mata insisted that there is still a lot to fight for this season: “It was a competition that we won in February, it was a good way to face the start of the season lifting that trophy at Wembley. We haven’t been able to do it this season but we need to move on and we have other competitions to play for. Hopefully, we can still go to Wembley in the FA Cup, we are playing in the Champions League where we play Seville and there’s still many games to go.”

Preview: Real Madrid – Dortmund

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

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

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

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

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

Ahead of the game, Zidane reaffirmed his confidence and belief that there are much brighter times ahead for his team: “We definitely need to score more goals, but I’m not worried. I have no doubt things will change for the better,” he said in the pre-match press conference.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

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

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

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

Missing players

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

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

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.

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“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.”

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.”

Lovren: “We have to keep going”

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

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

The former Southampton defender spoke about his feelings as he said, according to liverpoolfc.com: “It’s brilliant at the moment. It’s a great pleasure to be in the dressing room now and to enjoy every moment with the team. Also, around the club, I think everyone feels confident and when yo上海夜生活网u meet fans on the street, everyone is smiling, happy and can’t wait for the next game.”Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He added that the team have to keep the momentum going: “It’s a good moment, but the most important thing is that we need to keep this moment going on. That’s difficult, but I think we can do it. We’ve shown many times when we’ve needed to show it that we are a team full of players with character. This is what is pushing us on and hopefully, it will stay like that.”

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

Preview: Juventus – Lazio

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

Key facts before the match

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missing players

Juventus: Howedes (thigh injury)

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

Barcelona ready to pay huge sign-on fee for Messi

The Catalans want to make sure that their star man will sign a new deal with the club and are prepared to pay him a huge amount.

Besides the €550k上海夜生活/week wages that Barcelona are proposing to Messi, they are also ready to pay a €90m bonus to the Argentinian for the signing of a new deal, according to Daily Mail. This would be a record breaking signing-on fee.

Barcelona are thought to be looking to sell the naming rights of their stadium, Camp Nou, which is set to undergo major renovations. The Catalans are looking to rename the stadium as early as next season, hoping that the funds attracted will help ease the burden of the wages. Reports suggest that Barcelona would be looking to raise around €200m for selling the naming rights of the stadium for the next 25 years.Ernesto Valverde praises Lionel Messi’s “fantastic” impact Andrew Smyth – Ernesto Valverde praised a not fully-fit Lionel Messi’s impact as Barcelona came from behind to beat Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday.

In a report published by L’Ara, it was claimed that Barcelona’s current wage expenditure of €450m represents a staggering 84% of the total revenue of the club.

In addition to the naming rights, Barcelona would also like to make use of their situation with the kit supplier. Nike are set to make the Catalans a new offer to extend the current deal and a new agreement could be announced next year.

With Barcelona having achieved direct qualification to next year’s World Cup in Russia, Messi’s schedule will now allow space for a potential official announcement about his new deal with the Catalans.

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.”

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).

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.

He was rated 2/10 in L’Equipe’s infamous player ratings and became a viral sensation for all the wrong reasons, playing a backheel pass to nobody and seeing an attempted bicycle kick shot fall flat, GOAL continues.

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.”

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.”