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FOREX-Chinese yuan falls to 2019 low on U.S.-China trade setback

* Yuan headed for sixth consecutive day of losses

* But most currencies little changed by trade war

* Risk aversion dominates FX

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Adds quote, updates prices)

By Tom Finn

LONDON, May 13 ( ) – China’s yuan was set for its worst daily fall in nine months on Monday as trade negotiations between the U.S. and China ended after President Donald Trump raised tariffs on Chinese goods.

Currency moves in response to the latest trade hostilities have been muted, but on Monday the yuan fell 0.8% to 6.9040, its weakest since Dec. 27.

The yuan has fallen for six consecutive days and some analysts believe it will breach 7 per dollar in coming months, a level last seen during the global financial crisis.

China would probably use its vast currency reserves to stop any plunge through 7 to the dollar, which could trigger speculation and heavy capital outflows.

Investors bid up the yen, which is considered a safe haven in times of stress given Japan’s status as the world’s largest creditor and its huge hoard of assets abroad.

The yen was 上海夜生活论坛0.25% higher at 109.700 yen, near last week’s three-month high of 109.470.

“Since demand for safe haven could exaggerate any gains in the yen, Japanese exporters could find themselves particularly disadvantaged in these circumstances. We expect the yen to be trading in the region of 108 on a 12-month view,” said currency analysts at Rabobank.

The world’s two biggest economies appear deadlocked. Washington demands changes to Chinese law; Beijing says it won’t swallow any “bitter fruit” that harms its interests.

President Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are likely to meet during a G20 summit in Japan at the end of June and discuss trade.

The Australian dollar shed 0.3% to $0.6976. A drop below $0.6960 would take the currency, already burdened by a dovish shift by the Reserve Bank of Australia, to its lowest since early January.

The Aussie is sensitive to shifts in risk sentiment and also serves as a proxy for trades related to China, Australia’s largest trading partner.

The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies was flat at 97.318.

UPDATE 4-ANC set to retain power in South Africa but support slips

* Results in from 64 percent of voting districts

* ANC share of vote could fall to 55-59 percent -analysts

* President Ramaphosa trying to halt slide in ANC support

* Jobs, land and corruption were key issues for voters

* For more stories on the elections: (Adds DA, EFF, analyst comment, updates results)

By Alexander Winning and Onke Ngcuka

PRETORIA, May 9 ( ) – Results from nearly two-thirds of voting districts in South Africa’s election put the African National Congress on course to retain power but heading for its worst performance in a national poll in its 25 years in government.

The former liberation party of Nelson Mandela has not won less than a 60 percent vote share since it swept to power in South Africa’s first all-race election in 1994, marking the end of white minority rule.

As of 1840 GMT on Thursday, ballots in 64 percent of 22,925 voting districts had been counted. The early tallies put the ANC on 57 percent in the parliamentary race, with the main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) on nearly 23 percent and the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on nearly 10 percent.

Based on those results, analysts predicted the ANC was set for a vote share of between 55 and 59 percent.

“The ANC result is going to be lower because of voter turnout, which could be the lowest at any parliamentary election since 1994,” political analyst Melanie Verwoerd said. “Turnout has been lower in areas where more black voters live, while the turnout has been higher in the white areas.”

She projected a vote share of 56-57 percent for the ANC.

South Africans voting on Wednesday for a new parliament and nine provincial legislatures had expressed frustration at rampant corruption, high unemployment and racial inequalities that remain deeply entrenched.

“The ANC have taken a hit in the polls — with an estimated near 5 percent loss on 2014 results — due to their failure to address key challenges affecting the South African population,” said Indigo Ellis, Verisk Maplecroft’s Africa analyst.

He cited youth unemployment of 53 percent, among the highest rates in the world.

Analysts have said that a poor showing for the ANC would embolden opponents of President Cyril Ramaphosa and risk a potential challenge to his leadership. The elections are the first test of national sentiment since Ramaphosa replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma as head of state in February 2018.

“As long as the ANC gets more than 55 percent, things will be okay for Ramaphosa inside the ANC,” Verwoerd said.

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, a government agency, also forecast a decline in support, predicting the ANC would get just over 57 percent of the parliamentary vote and about 50 percent in the provincial polls.

Turnout on Wednesday was just over 65 percent, according to the votes processed so far, the Electoral Commission said.

ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte said she expected the party’s vote share to grow as results from larger voting districts filtered through.

Mmusi Maimane, the DA leader, said he was content with his party’s performance so far, while EFF’s chairman Dali Mpofu said the results showed the party to be “the only growing big party”.

At the last election in 2014, the ANC won 62 percent of votes, the DA 22 percent and the EFF 6 percent.

Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said the Electoral Commission hoped that results from around 90 percent of voting districts would be declared by 10:00 p.m. local time (2000 GMT), with the remaining results to be released on Friday morning.

RAMAPHOSA BAROMETER

Ramaphosa is trying to arrest a slide in support for the ANC, whose image has been tarnished in the last decade by corruption scandals and a weak economy.

Ramaphosa, who became ANC leader in December 2017 after narrowly defeating a faction allied with Zuma, has promised to improve poor public services, create jobs and fight corruption.

But he has been constrained by divisions within his own party, where some Zuma supporters still retain influence and oppose his agenda.

The ANC achi上海夜生活网eved its best parliamentary election result in 2004 under former president Thabo Mbeki, when it won 69 percent of the vote. But its support fell under Zuma, and it lost control of big cities like the commercial capital Johannesburg in local government elections in 2016.

The party now controls eight of the country’s nine provinces, with the DA in power in the Western Cape. Early results showed ANC ahead in Gauteng province, where Johannesburg and the administrative capital Pretoria are located, while the DA led in the Western Cape, home to Cape Town.

Election officials said voting had in general progressed smoothly but that there had been isolated disruptions caused by bad weather, unscheduled power outages or community protests.

WRAPUP 2-Canada trade deficit shrinks slightly in March on higher oil exports

(Updates with fresh analysts’ comment)

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA, May 9 ( ) – Canada’s trade deficit in March shrank slightly to C$3.21 billion ($2.38 billion) but was still the 12th largest on record, Statistics Canada said on Thursday, underscoring the challenges still facing exporters.

Analysts in a poll had forecast a shortfall of C$2.45 billion. Statscan revised February’s deficit sharply upward to C$3.42 billion from an initial C$2.90 billion.

Canada, a major crude exporter, has been hit hard in recent years by lower oil prices and higher U.S. energy output, as well as a shift away from producing light trucks. It has posted just two trade surpluses since October 2014.

Exports grew by 3.2 percent with shipments of energy products posting a 7.7 percent gain. Crude oil export volumes, which had fallen by 10.9 percent from November to February, rose by 3.1 percent.

“We’re still not fully dug out of the hole that we put ourselves in the fourth quarter, but at least it’s a nice turn around in the export story,” said Ross Prusakowski, principal economist at Export Development Canada.

Prusakowski said there was modest upside potential for energy prices to increase further in 2019.

Exports of passenger cars and light trucks rebounded by 8.4 percent after dropping in February on lower auto output上海夜网.

Markets were unimpressed and the Canadian dollar held to a near-two-week low of 1.3496 to the U.S. dollar, or 74.10 U.S. cents.

Imports increased by 2.5 percent to a record C$52.26 billion as imports of consumer goods such as clothing, footwear and accessories rose by 6.7 percent. Imports of airliners plunged by 50.7 percent on a slowdown in deliveries of U.S. aircraft.

Stephen Brown, senior Canada economist at Capital Economics, said export volumes looked set to rise further in April.

“We expect trade to make a positive contribution to second-quarter GDP growth,” he said in a note to clients.

Canada’s trade deficit with the world in the first quarter rose to C$10.13 billion, the highest shortfall since the second quarter of 2016.

Canada sent 74.2 percent of all its goods exports to the United States in March. Exports to the United States rose by 1.3 percent while imports shrank by 0.4 percent and as a result, Canada’s bilateral trade surplus grew to C$3.62 billion from C$2.99 billion in February.

Separately, Statscan said new-housing prices were unchanged in March for the seventh month out of eight, with little or no growth in the major markets of Toronto and Vancouver.

At Ethiopia flight memorial, white roses mark passing of lives

ADDIS ABABA ( ) – Bouquets of white roses surrounded aviation staff as they gathered at Bole International Airport on Sunday to remember the two pilots and six crew, who perished along with 149 passengers in the Ethiopia Airlines crash a week ago.

Weeping women held slender single stems in their shaking hands. Banks of the white flowers, the traditional color of mourning, were placed in front of a row of empty coffins at the ceremony.

A band – some of the musicians in tears – temporarily stopped playing as band members ran to comfort bereaved relatives who lunged forward, wailing in grief over the coffins.

“Our deep sorrow cannot bring them back,” an Orthodox priest in a traditional black turban and black robes told the crowd gathered outside an airport hangar.

“This is the grief of the world,” he said, as Ethiopian Airlines staff sobbed in each other’s arms.

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At least the crash had taken place in Ethiopia – the holy land – he said, prompting “amens” from the crowd.

In Paris, investigators examined black box recorders to determine why the aircraft plunged into a field shortly after take off from Addis Ababa, searching for similarities to an October Lion Air crash that killed 189 people.

Both crashes involved the same model of plane – a Boeing 737 MAX 8 – causing aviation authorities to ground the model around the world after last week’s accident.

Data from the Ethiopian Airlines flight recorder had been successfully downloaded, France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said on Sunday. That information had been transferred to Ethiopian investigators, the agency said, adding that its technical work on the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder was now done.

PRAYERS PAUSED

In the Ethiopian capital, families and airline staff were focused on honoring their dead.

At the airport memorial, a banner offered “deepest condolences and comfort” to the families of the deceased crew.

A female flight attendant spoke warmly of the deceased captain, Yared Getachew.

“He was a really nice person, a good person, all the words you can find to talk about a good person apply. He was a very kind human being,” she said, before dissolving in tears.

A service for the families of passengers – more than 30 nationalities were onboard – was also held beneath the pink stone spires of Addis Ababa’s Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Families and relatives of the victims threw themselves on the coffins as they arrived and kissed pictures of loved ones.

Incense was waved over the coffins, but there was so much weeping that prayers had to be paused. Afterwards, some said the service meant they could now shift focus from grieving for the dead to caring for the living.

“Her husband is now left with an 上海夜网infant, he has to shift his attention to his life and raising his baby,” said Getachew Negatu, a friend of one of the stewardesses onboard the flight.

“Her father and mother, including her sisters, are devastated by this grief. Everyone has got to come back to life as we … cannot live like this forever.”

The families were offered charred earth from the crash site to bury, because most of the bodies were destroyed by the impact and fire. Identifying the small remains that have been collected may take up to six months.

Russia’s top banks plot temporary sanctions workaround: sources

MOSCOW ( ) – Leading Russian banks are working on plans to help each other retain at least short-term access to the global financial system in the event that they are hit by fresh U.S. sanctions, sources familiar with the matter told .

Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank and others are examining how they can provide each other with access to U.S. dollars or other major foreign currencies by using so-called correspondent accounts, the sources said.

Banks access financial services in different jurisdictions and provide cross-border payment services to customers in various currencies through correspondent banking relationships.

The new scheme, which banks started to draft with Russia’s finance ministry and the central bank last year, would be unlikely to work indefinitely but could help avoid a panic if one or several big banks are cut off from dollar transactions.

U.S. lawmakers last year drafted a sanctions bill which proposed cutting off some of Russia’s top banks from the U.S. dollar system, mentioning Sberbank, VTB, Gazprombank, Russian Agriculture Bank, Promsvyazbank, VEB and Bank of Moscow.

This did not come into force and recently another was proposed, without mentioning any specific banks.

But Russian banks still fear they could come under sanctions and so have begun to draft a contingency plan.

“Each important bank has a step-by step plan on what should be done in a given situation. The first month is set out day by day, if not hour by hour,” a senior financial official said.

The central bank and Gazprombank declined to comment. The finance ministry, Sberbank, VTB, Promsvyazbank, VEB and Russian Agriculture Bank did not reply to requests for comment.

The two biggest threats to the banking sector in Russia are being cut off from the SWIFT banking messaging system and losing access to foreign currency, which they usually get from U.S. banks via correspondent accounts.

In the event of being shut out of SWIFT, Russia already has its own system, which it is upgrading.

And for foreign currencies there are a number of options, said the sources, who include a high-ranking state banker, a well-placed industry official, an executive with a large bank and an individual in a foreign bank.

TEMPORARY FIX

The main option relies on at least one major Russian bank avoiding sanctions and being able to retain access to foreign currencies via correspondent accounts with major overseas banks.

Other Russian banks would then set up or upgrade existing correspondent accounts with that bank to shift currency around.

Publicly available documents show VTB has correspondent accounts with Sberbank and VEB, while Russian Agriculture Bank has accounts with VEB, VTB, Gazprombank, Sberbank and a number of other Russian banks.

VEB has such accounts with Sberbank and Gazprombank.

Sberbank, VTB, VEB, Gazprombank and Russian Agriculture Bank have correspondent accounts with the central bank as well.

However the bulk of these accounts are denominated in rubles, with only a handful in U.S. dollars and euros.

“This would (them) allow to move the dollars between themselves bypassing a correspondent account,” the source at a foreign bank said, adding that in order for the back-up to work one bank in the chain would need to have a U.S. dollar correspondent account with a U.S. bank as there would still be a need to make external settlements, necessitating a bridge.

Correspondent accounts would complicate tracking currency transfers between the banks, making them harder for overseas authorities to spot, a former central bank official said.

Such an arrangement would represent a “temporary solution” which might last for three or four months and buy the banks time to find an alternative, while also reassuring customers.

And a spike in currency transactions by the banks which had not been sanctioned and were dealing with the foreign correspondent bank would likely arous上海夜生活e suspicions.

Other options include the central bank providing forex currency to a ‘clean bank’ which in turn would then distribute it to peers via correspondent accounts, sources said.

Alternatively a sanctioned bank could use correspondent accounts directly with the central bank although that would raise the risk of the central bank itself being hit with sanctions and therefore, is unlikely, the sources said.

Trump knocks off Walker in key state of Iowa: poll

WASHINGTON ( ) – Donald Trump has surged ahead of the pack of Republican presidential candidates in the key state of Iowa, knocking off Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who had been the leading contender there, a poll released on Friday showed.

Walker had been leading among the 17 Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the November 2016 election in the early voting state of Iowa, which borders Wisconsin.

The Quinnipiac University survey showed 27 percent of likely Republican caucus voters in the Midwestern state backed Trump, the outspoken businessman and television personality who has seen his lead in national public opinion polls grow in recent weeks despite a string of controversial comments.

Another 21 percent said they supported former neurosurgeon Ben Carson and 9 percent backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a favorite of the conservative Tea Party movement.

The university’s July poll found Walker leading among 18 percent of likely participants in the state’s Feb. 1 caucus, followed by Trump and Carson with 10 percent each. In the poll released on Friday, just 3 percent said they would pick Walker.

“With five months until the balloting, anything can happen. But the field has become a two-tiered contest – Donald Trump and Ben Carson ahead and everyone else far behind,” Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll said in a statement.

The results also showed the handicap that Washington experience has become in the minds of potential Republican voters, Brown said.

He added that Carson, who scored better than Trump among those surveyed when it came to honesty, empathy and temperament despite Trump’s edge on leadership, pointing to the ex-surgeon’s potential to gain support when other Republicans drop out of the race.

The findings also highlight the challenge for Walker, who had been leading most Iowa polls earlier in the summer and has in rec上海夜生活论坛ent weeks tried to jump-start his campaign.

Quinnipiac’s survey released on Friday polled 1,038 likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants from Aug. 27 to Sept. 8 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Simeone admitted that the Copa del Rey exit was his mistake

Diego Simeone, the Atletico Madrid head coach, admitted that the elimination from the Copa del 上海夜网Rey is his responsibility as he made a lot of mistakes and Sevilla deserved to go through after a 5-2 win on aggregate.

Atletico lost the first leg 2-1 after two late goals and they were defeated in the reverse match as well – and Simeone was sent from the sidelines in this bitter 3-1 loss to their rivals. Atletico were eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League by AS Roma and Chelsea and in La Liga, they are 11 points behind the league leaders, Barcelona.

The Argentinian coach spoke about this loss as he said, according to Goal: “The responsibility for this elimination and the Champions League is all mine. There are still four months left in the season and between La Liga and the Europa League, we’ll keep competing like we always have. Our opponent took advantage of their chances. Sevilla finished their chances both here and in the first leg. This made them more comfortable in the tie. We were close to turning the match around in the first half and scoring the equaliser in the second, but [Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio] Rico played well.”Kieran Trippier talks about his decision to leave Tottenham Nedim Maric – The English right-back changed the environment this summer, moving from rainy London to sunny Spain.Trippier is having a good start at Atletico Madrid. After rigorous…

He also added that they wanted to play the finals in their home stadium: “We had dreams of playing the final in our stadium. We’re going to pick ourselves up because this team has always done so. Now we need to think about La Liga. I think Sevilla were better and when that’s the case, you have to congratulate them.”

In the end, Simeone claimed that they will need to learn from their mistakes and start improving: “We need to study what we did wrong and improve from that. We have to fight to finish as high up in La Liga as possible and we also have the Europa League.”

Joao Mario joins West Ham

The Portuguese international has joined the Hammers until the end of the season.

Inter Milan midfielder Joao Mario has joined West Ham United on a season long loan move, the club from London have confirmed.

The 2016 Euro winner has joined the club at London Stadium and is excited to get started in the Premier League as he spoke to West Ham’s official website:

– I am really happy to be here, – said the new No18. – It’s a really amazing experience to join this amazing team and I am just glad to be here.

– It was a fast move. I have spoken with everyone around the team and, for me, it is exciting to play in the Premier League. I spoke with the coach and for me, I am really happy to be training for an amazing coach, also.

Joao Mario also added that his Portugal team-mate Jose Fonte played a major part in his move to London.West Ham suffer a tough injury blow Nedim Maric – After a promising start of the season, Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham will have to adapt after losing one of their crucial players.This weekend…

– Jose explained to me a little more about the Club and also the song we have, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles and that, of course, it was really important for me上海夜生活网 to join West Ham!

– It’s a really historic Club with an amazing stadium and amazing players. I am just trying to know a little bit more about the Club every day and now I have some time to know more.

Fellaini spoke about his future at Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini, the Manchester United midfielder, spoke about his future at Manchester United and he revealed that he is “not sure whether he will stay at Old Trafford” if the club will make him another contract offer.

The Belgium international spoke about his situation as his contract is going to expire the upcoming summer and he can possibly leave the club – and he admitted that he has been thinking about this possibility. The 30-year old insisted that he expects another proposal by Manchester United but he doesn’t know yet how is he going to react.

The former Everton player spoke about his opini上海夜生活论坛on on that situation as he said, according to ESPN: “Honestly, I don’t know. I do have something in mind, but I cannot say anything about this yet. If Manchester didn’t want me anymore, they would have told me. They made an offer and they will likely make me another one. Whether I will accept that I am not sure. Those things don’t happen overnight.”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 also added that he also talked about it with José Mourinho and he respects his decision: “No, we talked about it. The manager is someone who respects his players’ decisions. This is my 10th season in England. Aside from my first experience at Manchester I only had good moments. Five years at Everton, five years at Manchester. I like the stability. It takes a couple of years before you build relationships. I know everyone by now — that is nice.”

In the end, Marouane Fellaini revealed further facts about his injury: “The inner ligaments were touched. One month later I played again, against Chelsea. But three weeks later, against Brighton, I felt pain again. I decided not to take the risk. I trained again, but not at 100 percent. It wasn’t an easy time, but hey, that’s how it works in football. It could have been worse. Two weeks before Bosnia, there was that attack from [Southampton striker] Shane Long.”

Kane: “My teammates deserve the praise, not me”

Harry Kane, the Tottenham striker, admitted that he asked his teammates for help with breaking Alan Shearer’s record ahead of the match against Southampton and he praised them for doing so.

Alan Shearer’s 22-year old record of 36 goals scored was broken – Harry Kane managed to level it in the match against Burnley and now, he has surpassed him by scoring another hattrick against Southampton and set a new benchmark of 39 goals. To be added, he has also become the world’s top scorer of 2017 by surpassing Lionel Messi by two goals and he admitted that he is very happy for that as he wants to score as many goals as he can.

The Englishman spoke about his feeling after breaking this record as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level. As always I wanted to win the game first and foremost, but of course, I wanted to score as a striker. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of the 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 per上海夜网fect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

He also added that he can feel how he has improved: “This year I would say physically I have improved, recovery from games, getting ready, we have such a busy schedule. Just making sure I’m ready for each game, eating right, recovering right with ice baths. I feel really good. I feel sharp and at my best.”

In the end, Harry Kane also thanked his teammates for making this possible to him: “I said to the lads before the game to try and set me up and they all did that, so I’ll have to take them out to dinner or something. That third goal today was good, the third goal against Burnley I think that summed up how I play with the tackle and then the touch and finish so there’s been some good goals, but hopefully some better ones in 2018.”

Preview: Sassuolo – Inter

Inter Milan will look to bounce back from their surprise loss to Udinese last weekend, whe上海夜网n they welcome Sassuolo in Serie A.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

It is so tight at the top that one loss brought Inter down the table to third after 17 games (40pts, W12, D4, L1). Their first loss of the season puts them two points behind new leaders Napoli (42pts) and Inter must also be worried about AS Roma below them, who are now just two points behind with a game in hand.

Sassuolo are 15th in SA (17pts, W5, D2, L10) but have been on a revival since Beppe Iachini took control at the end of November. Nine out of their 17 points (53%) came in their last five matches where they picked up 1.8 points per game (compared to season avg. of 1.0 points per game).

The visitors are unbeaten in eight away games (W5, D3) conceding just five goals (avg. of 0.62 per game) while scoring 13 (avg. of 1.62 per game). This is bad news for the hosts who have just one win in eight home games (W1, D2, L5) and their home point tally (five) is better than that of only Genoa (two) and Benevento (one).

Inter’s Mauro Icardi has scored 17 goals so far in 17 games and is looking well on course to join Gonzalo Higuain and Luca Toni as the only strikers since the 1930s to score 30 goals in a SA season. The hosts want their talisman to get their title charge back on track, as they look for their first Scudetto since 2010!Italian football to pay respects to Sassuolo owner Squinzi George Patchias – Sassuolo owner Giorgio Squinzi has died at the age of 76, and a minute’s silence will be observed across Italian football this weekend as…

Sassuolo have failed to score in six of their eight home games (75%) while keeping just two clean sheets (25%). They have scored just three home goals (avg. of 0.38 per game) while conceding ten goals (avg. of 1.25 per game). But, the positive news is that their only win has come in their most recent match!

Sassuolo have won four of their last five (80%) encounters against Inter, with their only loss during this process coming last year at home (1-0). Can Inter repeat that feat?

Missing players

Sassuolo: C. Dell’Orco (knee injury), T. Letschert (knee injury), C. Adjapong (doubtful)

Inter: Z. Vanheusden (knee injury), J. Mario (doubtful).

Puel praised Vardy for being a complete player

Claude Puel admitted that he is very happy to have Jamie Vardy in his team as he is a complete player – the Frenchman praised his player before his side’s trip to Newcastle and it will definitely boost his confidence.

The Englishman has scored seven times so far in the Premier League and he will try to add another goal in the upcoming match against Newcastle. Puel won three of his first six matches in charge of his new club but he is still waiting for his first away win – and he wants to get it against experienced Rafel Benitez as his Newcastle have been struggling a bit recently.

When speaking about Jamie Vardy and his contribution, Claude Puel said, according to Sky Sports: “I think Jamie Vardy is the complete player. I would always prefer to have him in my team. He’s enjoying his football, it’s amazing to see. He works hard for the team and always has a positive attitude.”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 it’s always good上海夜网 to have different types of strikers: “If we can help him to score it will be 50 goals, which is a good thing. He is a great player, and now with a lot of experience, maturity in the Premier League he can give a lot to the team. I was surprised to know his qualities. It’s important to have different possibilities for players. Demarai Gray can play on the side, on the wing, behind Jamie and as a striker. He has all the quality.”

Puel, in the end, compared Vardy with Okazaki and Mahrez: “Shinji Okazaki works very hard for the team, and it is a pleasure to watch. Riyad Mahrez has the ability to play in this position too. He has a good understanding with Jamie. It’s important to see in different games, different possibilities.”

Preview: Barcelona – Sporting

Sporting’s only chance to qualify from Group D is a win in Barcelona today, coupled with a favorable result in the other match of the group between Olympiakos and Juventus (1x).

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

Sporting Lisbon face a 1,250km trip to Barcelona and face a mammoth task in their final group game in this Champions League (CL) campaign. Sporting must win here to stand any chance of qualification from the group. But for them to beat a Barcelona side away from home, who are unbeaten domestically and in the CL so far, whilst also relying on Olympiakos to do a job on Juventus – may be too big of an ask.

Barcelona have already qualified from the group having gained 11 points from their first five fixtures, but do not be mistaken in thinking that they’ll take their foot off of the gas for this one. Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona have won nine of their last ten at the Nou Camp, and their last defeat in any competition, home or away, was against their rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

To add more misery to Sporting’s chances, Barcelona have scored three goals in each of their home group games so far (3-0 vs Juventus, 3-1 vs Olympiakos). Furthermore, they remain unbeaten here in the CL since all the way back in September 2013 – a remarkable 23 CL home games.

Jorge Jesus’ Sporting side have not won in Spain in 11 attempts, drawing three and losing the remaining eight games, and m上海夜网ost recently to Real Madrid last season. Meanwhile, Barcelona are unbeaten vs Portuguese teams in their last 15 games, winning 12 and drawing three – with their last defeat to a Portuguese side being back in ‘87/’88!Niko Kovac urges Bayern Munich to remain ‘humble’ Andrew Smyth – Niko Kovac has called on Bayern Munich to stay focused and humble after thrashing Tottenham 7-2 in the Champions League.

Barcelona have managed five clean sheets in their last six CL outings, yet Sporting have scored 27 goals in their last ten away games, which is just short of three goals per game. The last meeting between the two at the Camp Nou ended with a Barca win and both teams finding the net (3-1).

Lionel Messi is on the brink of making history, he is now just three goals away from his century of CL goals, and he will surely be looking to take the match ball home after the game.

Missing players

Barcelona: O. Dembele (muscle injury), J. Mascherano (muscle injury), Rafinha (knee injury), S. Umtiti (muscle injury), A. Iniesta (doubtful), A. Turan (doubtful)

Sporting: J. Silva (knee injury), S. Doumbia (doubtful).

FA Cup to trial VAR technology next year

The FA insist they are open to implementing new technologies into football.

The VAR(video assistant referee) will be tried out during the third round of this season’s FA Cup, the English Football Association confirmed.

The technology will be used for the first time on the Island during Brighton’s clash with Crystal Palace on Monday, 8 January 2018. The VAR will also be used in a number of selected fixtures throughout the rest of the competition.

In fact, the very first time the new system was used was when England faced Germany in an international friendly on Wembley. However, the video assistant referee was simply tested and not executed in play.Pep Guardiola agrees that the domestic Treble isn’t enough  Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After winning the domestic Treble for the first time in English football history, Pep Guardiola still reckons it isn’t enough for Manchester City.Pep Guardiola…

“The FA has always been open to trialling new innovations and was heavily involved in the advancement of上海夜生活论坛 goal-line technology before it was introduced,” said the FA’s director of professional game relations Andy Ambler as quoted by BBC.

“The trialling of the VAR system in this season’s Emirates FA Cup from the third round is a continuation of that and further demonstrates that whilst being the most famous and historic domestic cup competition in the world it is also modern, progressive and innovative.”

The English Football Association also clarified that the VAR will only be used to counteract “clear and obvious errors” on certain situations: goals, penalties, straight red cards or mistaken yellow/red cards.

Real Madrid monitor Tottenham duo

Real Madrid are keeping tabs on two of Tottenham’s best players, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.

Los Blancos tried to sign Kylian Mbappe last summer and make him their galactico transfer, in an era when Florentino Perez chose to focus on younger players. But their plans have been ruined by PSG, who stepped in and made a superior offer, managing to attract the young French forward to Parc des Princes eventually.

However, Perez is aware that his club need some big name signings if they are to keep their status and continue to challenge for both La Liga and Champions League. For this reason, Real Madrid remain true to their strategy of looking at some of the best young players in the world and will try to sign the two best players of Tottenham, according to Marca.Donny van de Beek rules out January switch to Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – Donny van de Beek has ruled out a January move to Real Madrid as he plans to see out the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign with Ajax.

Harry Kane (24) and Dele Alli (21) are two players who have proved their ability at the highest level, despite their young age. Both of them have played vital roles in Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge in the past two seasons.

Real Madrid will have the chance to see the two players in action up close in their upcoming Champions League clash with Tottenham. Los Blancos will have to cope with a striker that scored 14 goals in 10 matches this season and with an attacking midfielder that played a vital role in creating上海夜生活论坛 most of his team’s chances.

However, any endeavour to sign the two players will be very very difficult. Florentino Perez already knows how hard it is to negotiate with Daniel Levy from the transfer of Gareth Bale, for whom Real Madrid ended up paying a world-record fee at that time.

Real Madrid preparing huge offer for Spurs’ star

Los Blancos are interested in Harry Kane and willing to spend big to land the striker.

According to sports news outlet Diario Gol, Real Madrid are prepared to launch a huge offer for Harry Kane. As the report states, the La Liga champions are willing to offer money plus one of Gareth Bale, Luka Modrić or Karim Benzema.

The English striker has been in outstanding form since the start of 2017, netting 43 goals in 37 appearances for both club and country. September proved上海夜生活 to be one of the most fruitful months for him as he reached a milestone of 13 goals across all competitions.Donny van de Beek rules out January switch to Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – Donny van de Beek has ruled out a January move to Real Madrid as he plans to see out the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign with Ajax.

It is no secret that some of the biggest European clubs are interested in the forward due to Kane’s impressive and consistent performance on the pitch. However, it is rather surprising to see Real Madrid willing to give up on Luka Modrić, who is considered by many the best central midfielder in the world of football at present. Yet, a potential offer including Bale or Benzema would make more sense given the inconsistent showing of the Frenchman and the high number of injuries of the Welshman.

Guardiola about the Catalonia situation

Guardiola is strongly affected by the situation in Catalonia as it’s his home region and he thinks that it’s “scary” to imprison the Catalan politicians as this huge crisis continues.

Nine ex-minsters from the dissolved Catalan parliament appeared at Spain’s high court on Thursday accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.All, with exception of bailed former Business Minister Santi Vila, were detained, while ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont remains in Belgium and was one of five separatist politicians not to answer the summons in Madrid, according to Goal.

The Manchester City coach made a comment about that: “I wish that the politicians who they have put in prison are released soon. I’m worried because what happened to them could happen to us for giving an opinion, it could happen to anyone. The two Jordis leading the Catalan organisation were put in prison for asking to vote in a legal referendum.”Pep Guardiola opens up about Champions League ambitions Nedim Maric – Manchester City and Pep Guardiola are aiming to conquer Europe after two consecutive domestic league titles.The English champions started the league stumbling with a…

He wants the situation to be solved as soon as possible, obviously: “I think the Spanish go上海夜生活网vernment and the Catalan government should sit and talk and try to agree on a referendum for both sides. Until then it’s a really difficult situation to be solved. These politicians are in prison for fulfilling the electoral programme. They were fulfilling the wish of the Catalan people. Now they and their families are suffering this situation. It can happen to other people, to all of us, just for wanting to vote. That was the main desire of the Catalan people.”

Pep Guardiola just wants everything to be resolved fairly: “I just wish that the situation can be resolved soon and these guys can be released and December 21 that there is an election in Catalonia – a fair election where the people can express their wish with freedom. [The election must ] recover the institutions and [make sure] that the Parliament of Catalonia is again what it was.”

Thompson happy about the youngsters in the national team

It was a bold decision from Gareth Southgate to call up three relatively unknown youngsters – Joe Gomez, Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. But Phil Thompson is very happy and praises the Englishman for his decision.

The trio have been rewarded for establishing themselves as regular first-team players at Liverpool, Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively, with Abraham and Loftus-Cheek currently on loan from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports. Southgate made eight changes from the squad that secured his team the World Cup qualification.

Phil Thompson had only words of praise for Southgate as he said: “I think it is right to be giving these lads call-ups. They could be the future and they need to be integrated and be there with the senior team. You’ll gain more benefits from having them there than to pick players who will make up the squad but have no way of getting on the pitch, so I’m all for it.”Chelsea goes on a goal rampage against Grimsby Town Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Chelsea stomped over Grimsby Town with a Basthuayi brace and goals from Barkley, Pedro, Zouma, James, and Hudson-Odoi.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea had a relatively easy…

The former England international also added: “I think it is right to be giving these lads call-ups. They could be the future and they need to be integrated and be there with the senior team.You’ll gain more benefits from having them there than to pick players who will make up the squad but have no way of getting on the pitch, so I’m all for it.”

The ex-defender spoke about the youngsters and their progress: “Gomez was exceptional last weekend. I think all of us as former internationals and pundits are saying you don’t see the best of these lads until they are playing on a regular basis, it is no good just playing one game in 10. They start to look comfortable with their peers and they start to show their ability, whereas when they are only playing once a mon上海夜网th or so they are trying too hard to impress.”

Wenger says that Alexis and Ozil could leave in January

The Gunners manager admitted that two of his best player could leave during the winter transfer window.

Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are in their last year of contract at Emirates. The Chilean already made it clear that he is not interested in signing a new deal with the club, while negotiations with Ozil have been rather slow.

With a number of big clubs chasing them, it was inevitable that Arsenal will have to make a decision whether to cash in on them in January or to use them for the whole season and lose them for free next summer.Strachan: Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney similar to Virgil van Dijk Andrew Smyth – Gordon Strachan believes Arsenal new signing Kieran Tierney is a similar kin上海夜生活论坛d of defender to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.

Manchester City and PSG are thought to be fighting over the signature of Alexis Sanchez, while Mesut Ozil is disputed by Manchester United and Barcelona. However, the German’s agent revealed that negotiations over a new deal with the Gunners ‘are heading in a positive direction’.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming Premier League match against Watford, Arsenal’s manager said about the possibility of the two players to leave the club: “In our situation, we have envisaged every solution. It is possible.”

Further asked about the Ozil’s willingness to remain at the Emirates, the French manager said: “It is my understanding [that he wants to stay]. I hope the situation can be turned around. At the moment, we are not close enough to announce anything.”

Arsenal outcast finally out of the Emirates

Lucas Pérez has finally ended his nightmare spell with the Gunners.

The 28-year-old will join Deportivo La Coruna as he stated he was where he wanted to be after completing a loan move from Arsenal.

The 28-year-old has been looking for a way out throughout the whole summer. While it appeared that Wenger’s side is not willing to accept bids below 15 million pounds for his services, the club from north London finally agreed on a €4m loan deal with no option to buy included.

“I’m where I want to be,” Pérez is quoted as saying by Riazor.org.

“I have a right to decide what is going to happen with my future and what I want to do.

“Arsenal understood that and I’m grateful to them. They understood my situation and the fact that I wanted to return home.Top 5 players to watch in Manchester United vs Arsenal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Ahead of the most important Premier League match of the weekend, we got the Top 5 players to watch in Man United vs Arsenal.The…

“Arsenal defended their own interests, they initially didn’t want me to return to Deportivo.

“They have reached agreements with many clubs but I clearly told them that my intention was to join Depor and no other alternative.

“I don’t want to give a number but 上海夜网in the last three or four days I spoke to many sporting directors and coaches. But I reiterated that my wish was to return to Deportivo.”