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U.S. allies show support for strikes on Syria

( ) – U.S. allies expressed support on Friday for Washington’s missile strikes on Syria, calling them a proportionate response to Syrian forces’ suspected use of chemical weapons.

The strikes were denounced as illegal by Syria and its allies Russia and Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on the world “to reject such policies, which bring only destruction and danger to the region and the globe”. (Graphic locator map on attack – tmsnrt.rs/2nm68H0)

Iraq criticized “hasty interventions” in an apparent comment on the U.S. action.

But a wide range of U.S. allies from Asia, Europe and the Middle East expressed support, if sometimes cautiously, in similar terms.

“The U.K. government fully supports the U.S. action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian regime and is intended to deter further attacks,” a British government spokesman said.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters: “Many innocent people became victims from the chemical attacks.

“Japan supports the U.S. government’s determination to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons,” he said.

Turkey viewed the strikes positively and the international community should sustain its stance against the “barbarity” of the Syrian government, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster Fox TV, Kurtulmus said Assad’s government must be punished in the international arena and the peace process in Syria needed to be accelerated.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Russia and Iran needed to understand that supporting Assad made no sense and that the escalation of the U.S. military role in Syria was a “warning” to “a criminal regime”.

“Use of chemical weapons is appalling and should be punished because it is a war crime,” Ayrault told and France Info radio.

上海夜生活论坛French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued statements saying Assad was solely to blame for the air strikes.

The Dutch government said: “The United States has given a clear signal that the use of poison gas crosses a line.” It also labeled the strikes a “proportionate” response.

“U.S. strikes show needed resolve against barbaric chemical attacks. EU will work with the US to end brutality in Syria,” the chairman of the council of EU leaders, Donald Tusk, said on Twitter.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the strikes sent “a vitally important message” that the world would not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.

“The retribution has been proportionate and it has been swift,” he told reporters in Sydney. “We support the United States in that swift action.”

Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which back rebels fighting Assad, said they supported the U.S. strikes and held only the Syrian government responsible for the attacks.

Other Gulf countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait, also expressed support for the attacks.

Some countries expressed reservations about the U.S. decision to launch strikes without authorization from the U.N. Security Council.

Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria. “At the same time, Indonesia is concerned with unilateral actions by any parties, including the use of Tomahawk missiles, in responding to the chemical weapon attack tragedy in Syria,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said in a text message.

“Military actions, undertaken without prior authorization of the U.N. Security Council, are not in line with international legal principles in the peaceful settlement of disputes, as stipulated in the U.N. Charter.”

Schumer, McConnell elected top leaders in Senate

WASHINGTON ( ) – Democratic U.S. senators elected Chuck Schumer of New York as minority leader on Wednesday, and he tapped former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders to help Democrats woo blue-collar workers, many of whom voted for President-elect Donald Trump.

Senate Republicans also met and voted to keep Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as the majority leader.

Schumer, 65, replaces the retiring Harry Reid of Nevada as the top Democrat in the Senate as the party prepares to deal with Republican Trump and Republican majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Schumer said Democrats had learned from the Nov. 8 election that they needed “a sharper, bolder economic message about returning the economic system which so many feel is rigged against them to one that works for the people.”

“We’re ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Republicans, working with soon-to-be-President Trump on issues where we agree, but we will go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we’ve made is under assault,” Schumer, who has been in the Senate since 1999, told reporters after the Democrats’ closed-door election.

In a move recognizing the influence of Sanders with many working-class voters, Schumer asked the independent senator from Vermont to be caucus head of outreach. Sanders, who lost the presidential primary to former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, said his job was to reach out to “grassroots America.”

Another liberal, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was given the role of vice chair of the conference while yet another progressive voice, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, was made conference secretary.

Senator Joe Manchin, a more conservative Democrat from West Virginia, was named vice chairman of the Democratic policy and communications committee.

Schumer said he knew there would be differences of opinion on the new team, but that together the gro上海夜生活up could “speak to the blue-collar worker in West Virginia, and Michigan, as well as the people who live along the coast.”

Trump’s economic populism helped him flip some once-reliably Democratic areas in blue-collar states while Democrats did better in large urban centers and coastal states.

Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois remained minority whip, the No. 2 spot, while Senator Patty Murray of Washington was chosen as assistant Democratic leader.

In the House, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced she was running for minority leader again and said she already has the support of more than two-thirds of her caucus.

Pelosi, who may face a challenger, agreed this week to delay leadership elections until Nov. 30 after her fellow Democrats called for more time to reassess why they fell short of their goals in the Nov. 8 election.

CEO of Buffett’s Dairy Queen tries to find new tastes, keep franchisees happy

OMAHA, Neb. ( ) – The chief executive of International Dairy Queen Inc is counting on the 79-year-old brand, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, to adapt to changing consumer tastes rather than latch onto the latest fad, while ensuring that rising labor and food costs don’t squelch its franchisees.

Troy Bader, who became chief executive in January 2018, said his company wants to ensure that devotees keep ordering their Blizzards and chicken strips, without turning off customers seeking newer products or with specific dietary needs.

“About 5 percent of disposable income is spent on away-from-home dining occasions,” Bader, 54, said in an interview during Berkshire’s recent annual shareholder weekend. “Transactions in the restaurant industry have been flat, so even if wages are going up, what I have for disposable, discretionary spending is not. That’s why you’re seeing so much competition.”

Berkshire, whose 88-year-old chief executive favors the Dairy Queen vanilla orange bar, paid $590 million for the Bloomington, Minnesota-based company in 1998.

Dairy Queen’s more than 7,000 locations, including 2,000 in the United States and Canada, recorded more than $4.5 billion of sales in 2018. Bader said 2019 has been “good so far” despite bad U.S. and Canadian weather.

“Bomb cyclones and polar vortexes don’t bode well … when 50 percent of your sales are ice cream,” he said. Bader named McDonald’s Corp and Chick-Fil-A as key rivals.

Labor is the fastest-rising cost for franchisees, especially when rising minimum wages, an issue on which Bader said Dairy Queen has no position, squeeze margins as customers favor such menu items as the $5 Buck Lunch. Also rising is the cost of branded candies that Dairy Queen adds to ice cream.

Bader said adapti上海夜网ng to changing consumer habits is not a new idea.

“It’s actually evolutionary, it’s not revolutionary,” he said. “When we look at trends, you have to decide which you’re going to lead in, which you’re going to follow, and which you may not participate in at all because they may not be right for or important for your brand.”

He said Dairy Queen, despite its name, is exploring desserts for people who avoid dairy, but won’t dive into plant-based food, despite the frenzy last week when Beyond Meat Inc went public and its stock price soared.

“If appropriate for our brand, we will move in later,” he said. “Right now, the biggest opportunity is in our chicken strips, our burgers and other products.”

Another major initiative is technology, including the creation of a single electronic point-of-sale system.

Bader, a self-described “recovering lawyer,” had interviewed with Buffett before the billionaire gave Vice Chairman Greg Abel oversight over Berkshire’s non-insurance operating units. He now reports to Abel.

Buffett “was asking as many questions as we were. He wanted to know what you knew that he did not,” Bader recalled.

“What I find interesting with Greg was, he’s the same way. I’m not trying to say Greg is Warren. Nobody will ever be Warren. But he is really smart, and he is a really good study.”

Lampard to be awarded Legends of Football honour

What makes Frank Lampard such a legend? 3 league titles, 177 goals and 609 top-flight appearances

One of the all-time greatest Premier League players, former West Ham United, Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder, will be the latest addition to the Legend of Football awarded club, according to PremierLeague.com. It which consists of the likes of Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Stanley Matthews, Kenny Dalgish and Steven Gerrard.

– It’s a real honour for me to receive the Legends Of Football award this year. Just seeing my name mentioned among those past winners is something to cherish, he said.Roma injury woes worsen with Zappacosta ACL surgery George Patchias – Roma has more injury problems, as Davide Zappacosta ruptures his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and undergoes immediate surgery.Italian defender Davide Zappacosta…

He will be awarded on the Legend of Football evening, which will be an event raising money for the Nordoff Robbins music therapy, which, with the help of music supports the needs of thousands sensitive and introverted children around the United Kingdom.

– Legends of Football is a fantastic event that combines the power and popularity of the Premier League and the music world to support the crucial work of Nordoff Robbins. This year we look forward to celebrating the career of Frank Lampard, who had a remarkable playing career and上海夜生活 is a Premier League icon. – said the Premier League Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore.

Wijnaldum described van Dijk as “a leader”

Georginio Wijnaldum, the Liverpool 上海夜生活midfielder, spoke about his future teammate, Virgil van Dijk, as he had a chance to play with him in the national team of his country – and he described him to be a “natural leader”.

The former Southampton defender joined the Reds for a record fee and he has become the world’s most expensive defender of history – but Wijnaldum believes that Liverpool won’t regret this decision. The Dutchman is certain that van Dijk will be a great addition to his team’s squad and he thinks that he will start showing that immediately.

The former Newcastle player spoke about his future colleague as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I was really happy when I spoke with him on the phone, I told him I was happy he was going to come and join us. And now there will be a little bit of Dutch support in the changing room. I think outside of the pitch he is a normal person, he’s easy going and relaxed and I think everyone in the club will like him.”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 also insisted that he is a leader on the pitch: “On the pitch, from what I saw in the national team he is a leader, trying to help everyone, help with the defensive line, so I think he will help us in the team.”

In the end, Jürgen Klopp described why they have decided to bring him for such a crazy fee and also discussed a potential problem: “Quality. That’s why we got him, that’s why we were interested in him. It’s quite difficult at the moment because technically he’s still a Southampton player We only talk about the player and what he can bring in; the quality, the mentality, the character. That is why we are really happy about it.”

Carvahal not sure about winter transfers

Carlos Carvahal, the new Swansea coach, insisted that he hasn’t discussed his team’s transfer budget yet and he will give a chance to his players to prove themselves before he will decide anything regarding transfers.

The Portuguese arrived at the Liberty Stadium just a couple of days after he was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday, the Championship side, and he has signed a contract until the end of this season. The position of Leon Britton, the temporary coach, will be discussed in the upcoming days and the new coach rejected to speak about possible new arrivals as he insisted that he has to get to known with the squad at first.

The former Sheffield coach spoke about the question of money as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I did not talk money with the chairman, usually I don’t deal with the money, it is my romantic side talking. I deal with footballers, then if we need – try to say which players we need. I will try and choose them but the money is not what I want to talk about, I am allergic to money.”Opinion: Martin Odegaar上海夜生活d 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 has to analyse the team first: “I will see what players we have in mind, who we need and who the scouts of Swansea have seen. I must analyse the team. You have surprises, sometimes negative, sometimes positive. First, we want to give opportunities to these players to show they are better, individually and as a collective than what they did so far.”

In the end, Carlos Carvahal insisted that the short-term deal is perfect for him: “I prefer to stay one year, check if the chairman, fans, players are happy with me, and after seeing the next step. I don’t want to stay in a club that the people is not happy with me. I don’t have a problem with my future. It is not a contract that puts someone at a club. It’s the day by day, you prove to the fans, the media.”

Kompany: “Our strikers are hungry form more”

Vincent Kompany, the Manchester City captain, insisted that all the attacking options that his side have increased Sergio Agüreo’s hunger for goals as he netted twice against Bournemouth in Manchester’s last 4-0 win.

Sergi Agüero has been very frustrated lately with the lack of playing time he has been given by Pep Guardiola as Gabriel Jesus has become the City’s number one striker – the Argentinian was given a chance to start against Bournemouth and he was so hungry for goals that he managed to find the net twice and helped his side to a huge 4-0 win away from home to secure their first place in the Premier League.

The Belgian defender spoke about his team’s striker situation as he said, according to ESPN: “These guys are just hungry for more. ‘Kun’ [Sergio Aguero] has always been inclined that way but I think everybody else now up front has a feeling of scoring goals, what it means to be the main man. It is something that doesn’t go away.”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 also added that he has to praise everyone 上海夜网for working really hard to achieve their common goals: “Everyone is working hard in training, you can tell, to improve whatever they can to score more goals. That helps the team ultimately. We are in a good position with a lot of guys that want to do well.”

In the end, Vincent Kompany insisted that it was a big result to win like that against Bournemouth: “It’s a tremendous result, 4-0, but they had enough of an attacking force to make it difficult for us. Even in the second half, when they went two up front, we really had to be careful with the possession of the ball. But 17 wins a row, it’s something we want to continue – fight against ourselves really if we have to, to make sure we are always improving.”

Local knowledge can help United

Manchester United will host their local rivals City on Sunday, as the two Premier League giants go head-to-head at Old Trafford

Jose Mourinho’s side go into the derby on Sunday against Manchester City as underdogs, thanks to how Pep Guardiola’s team have played so far this season, as the Citizens are at the top of the league by 8 points as of right now.

It wasn’t the case during United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates, though. The Red Devils seemed sharp and ready to go against the league leaders, until Paul Pogba picked up his red card, resulting in a suspension.

The French midfielder’s absence might affect United in a negative way, unless they figure out a way to replace him for the fixture, since Pogba has had a tremendous impact this season, despite only playing in 8 league games due to an injury. In these 8 games, he scored 3 goals and registered 5 assists.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…

Last season, when the two clubs faced each other, City came up with a 2-1 win, although United won an EFL Cup at home on their way to winning the trophy, ESPN claims. 上海夜生活City are eager to win, as they have spent more than any other club in the English top-flight for 3 straight seasons.

Two key players in United’s success last year were Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard. Both of them joined the Devils at the age of 7, so they know the importance of the derby, and they might prove to be crucial against City once again on Sunday.

Lingard has been quite impressive this season, as he went on to average a goal or assist every 78 minutes across all competitions, when he’s been on the field, which is a decent return. Rashford on the other hand, will probably be an option off the bench on Sunday, and Mourinho might need him.

‘Job done’ says delighted Harry Kane

The Three lions sealed an important win and secured their spot in the 2018 W上海夜生活orld Cup.

England have qualified for the upcoming World Cup in Russia after they clinched a late victory against Slovenia on Thursday. Harry Kane, who has been named the captain of England, was the one to secure the three points and prove he deserves to wear the armband.

The Spurs striker highlighted it did not matter how his team played if they got the result they came out for.

“[Qualification] is all that matters,” Kane told ITV. “It was frustrating at times and we had to be patient.Opinion: Harry Kane should continue his career elsewhere Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – After another embarrassing defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich, it’s about time for Harry Kane to continue his career elsewhere.The unfortunate phenomenon that is…

“In the last 10 minutes, they were getting tired and we created a few opportunities – I was happy to finally put one in the back of the net at the end.

“It’s amazing to get there. It’s no easy feat these days [to qualify]. There’s a lot of top countries around the world struggling to qualify. We’re all delighted.

“That’s job done for us. We have another game on Sunday [against Lithuania] and we need to keep doing what we’re doing and working hard.”

The final game of England is against Lithuania on Sunday, but they are already qualified as first seat with 6 points ahead of Scotland.

Rashford feels that the winning mentality is back

Marcus Rashford is happy with the current form of his side and he said that everybody can feel that “the winning mentality is back” but there is still a long way to go to match the days when there was the glorious Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad.

Rashford has had a perfect introduction to the United first team, going from the academy to winning four trophies in the senior side within just 21 months. The England forward won the 2016 FA Cup under Louis van Gaal before claiming Europa League, EFL Cup and Community Shield winners’ medals under current boss Jose Mourinho, according to Sky Sports.

The England international spoke about his feelings about winning more trophies and the success of the current squad: “There are so many different incidents that can easily pass you by and you forget about. As soon as you win a trophy, in my mind straight away, you’re thinking about winning the next trophy. That’s when you can miss the moment of enjoying winning that trophy, it’s difficult.”Top 5 Premier League players in September’s last weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – A fresh Premier League fixture just ended, which means we can talk about the Top 5 best players of September’s last weekend.After a fresh…

Marcus Rashford also added: “We went through that second year and won three trophies in the year, so we were winning things and winning things and it became normal for us. That’s what United has always been about, so it is important for us to try and get that feeling back to Old Trafford of winning.”

But he believes that the current team has got everything required to write their own history: “It’s definitely coming back, but where they were to where we are now, we’ve still got a long way to go because they were consecutively winning. Consecutively winning is different to winning one thing or winning two things. It’s more difficult be上海夜生活网cause everybody wants to beat you. We want to make it (Old Trafford) the fortress that it was before. I think we’re on a path back to doing that. We’ve got the right manager, we have the right staff, so it’s just about producing now on the field.”

Preview: Bayern Munich – FC Augsburg

Bayern Munich will be looking to consolidate their position as leaders of Bundesliga today when they will be receiving the visit of 10th-placed Augsburg.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match: 

Only 80 kilometres separate these two Bavarian teams, who despite this have no real historic rivalry. Although physically close, their stature couldn’t be any different.

With 5 European titles and 27 league titles to their name (including 5 in a row and counting at the moment!), Bayern Munich are a powerhouse both domestically and in Europe. Compare this to Augsburg, whose crowning achievements are a 5th place in the Bundesliga and a R32 exit against Liverpool in the Europa League. But might something be brewing north of Munich!

Augsburg, who for a long time spent their days between level 2 and 3 in the German league system, suffered a crisis at the start of the century, when they were demoted to the 4th tier. However, they turned it 上海夜网into an opportunity, and were promoted to the Bundesliga before the 2011/12 season – and they haven’t looked back.

Few teams in Germany have a good H2H against Bayern, and Augsburg is no exception. 12 H2H games in the BL have resulted in 10 Bayern wins, with Augsburg winning 2 – including 1 at the Allianz Arena. Last season, however, we saw a thrashing: Bayern did not stop until the score was 6-0, with Robert Lewandowski bagging a hat trick.Kovac cryptic about plans to stop Kane Nedim Maric – Bayern Munich will travel to North London in order to face Pochettino’s Tottenham in a Champions League derby.Bundesliga looks like it’s never been as…

The Polish striker has started the season in typical fashion, scoring 11 goals in as many matches. He might not find it easy against Augsburg, however, who’ve only conceded 4 goals on their travels so far (5 games). However, Lewandowski has an impressive 16 goals against Augsburg to his name in just 12 games (9 for Munich and 7 for Dortmund)!

The right kind of entertainment: the 6 most recent BL meeting’s between the teams have yielded 22 goals (3.67 on average), but only 10 bookings (9 yellow, 1 red cards)!

Bayern loanee James Rodrigues had a quiet start to life at the club but has sparked into life in the last few weeks. Speaking to the club’s website during the week he said: “It’s a new way of life for me, but I’m happy,” adding, “It’s more chilled out here – I can go out for a walk without being pestered – and I’m learning German. And, of course, Bayern are a massive club who are always challenging for honours.” On his ambition, he commented that he hopes “to win titles and show people what I’m capable of on the pitch,” explaining further that he would “give everything – right until the last. I want to win titles with this fantastic club!”

Missing players

Bayern Munich: T. Muller (thigh injury), M. Neuer (leg injury), F. Ribery (knee injury), J. Boateng (doubtful)

FC Augsburg: S. Cordova (ankle injury), I. Gelios (back injury), R. Framberger (doubtful), M. Hinteregger (doubtful), M. Leitner (doubtful), G. Teigl (doubtful).

Tite believes Brazil are a favourite for the World Cup

The Selecao manager has high expectations towards his squad ahead of the showcase tournament in Russia next year.

Tite thinks Brazil are one of the favourites for the 2018 World Cup alongside France and Germany. The five-time champions qualified for the tournament seated first at their respective group after a series of impressive performances.

Speaking after Selecao’s latest feature against Chile, which they won with a comfortable 3-0, Tite stated: “Brazil are a favourite at 上海夜生活论坛the World Cup,” the 56-year-old is quoted by Goal.

“By the football presented, the campaign completed, by level, performance plus results… Brazil are one of the teams, yes. Dani Alves recalls Messi laying waste with untied boots Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – During a long lost column written in The Players’ Tribune, Dani Alves recalls when Lionel Messi laid waste with untied boots.Now that Lionel Messi…

“I have said that France are at a very strong level too. Rising players like [Kylian] Mbappe, [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Antoine] Griezmann. Look at the offensive trio.

“And there is also world champions Germany.”

Meanwhile Brazil’s right-back Dani Alves praised his national coach, insisting that he is one of few who can understand football in a special way. “Today in Brazil, Tite is very distant from all Brazilian coaches because of his way of understanding football,” Alves added. “Because of the way he cares for people, it’s very different.”

Belotti was never close to leaving admits Torino president

There was no club that came close to the striker’s release clause.

The Italian club did receive a number of offers for their star forward Andrea Belotti, but none of them was close to what Torino demanded, according to the club’s president Urbano Cairo.

The 23-year-old has a release clause of €100 million after he managed to score 26 Serie A goals in 35 appearances for Torino last season. Despite interest from clubs like Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, the player remained in Italy and will be part of Torino’s squad in the 2017-18 campaign.Giampaolo: AC Milan didn’t deserve to lose to Torino Andrew Smyth – Marco Giampao上海夜网lo is adamant AC Milan deserved better than defeat to Torino after pulling off their best performance of this season.

“I was never afraid of losing him. The decision was mine to keep Belotti, unless someone came along ready to pay the €100 million clause,” Cairo told Radio Sportiva .

“Seeing as nobody came close to it, I was relaxed. He is staying with us for this season and then we’ll see. We kept him and Adem Ljajic, Iago Falque and Daniele Baselli, Antonio Barreca, Afriyie Acquah – even if he had a lot of offers – and of course Joel Obi.

“We had an incredible number of proposals come in, but we kept practically everyone and added important new players.”

Rudiger admits he ‘dreamt’ of Chelsea move

The Germany international cannot wait to play in the Premier League.

Antonio Rudiger is more than happy to finally be a part of the Premier League champions. The player joined Chelsea in a £34 million move from Roma, after being linked with the Blues a number of times in the past.

The full-back now admits he has been waiting for ‘years’ to finally join Chelsea and experience the Premier League. Speaking to ChelseaFC.com, Rudiger said:

“I wanted to play in the Premier League and it is now years that my name was linked to Chelsea.

“Now I am here and I am very happy. I want to thank all of the people who made this come true.”Chelsea need owner Abramovich back at the Bridge George Patchias – Chelsea football club apparently is missing their owner Roman Abramovich, and hi上海夜生活论坛s return is key to the team’s success.That the theory from former Chelsea…

The 24-year-old knows he is diving into the unknown since the English Premier League is much different from Serie A and its competitiveness is much higher.

“I cannot say much about the Premier League because I did not experience it yet.

“But the Italian league is more tactical. You don’t have open games but here in England it is different, both teams are attacking the whole time so that is the main big difference, and of course the physical aspect in England.

“I think the whole league is a big challenge so I need to be prepared for each game.”

Donnarumma ready to fire Raiola to remain at Milan

The young Italian goalkeeper seems to have changed his mind and wants to remain at AC Milan.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 25, 2017.

According to the Italian press, Gianluigi Donnarumma is ready to break any ties with agent Mino Raiola, in order to make peace with AC Milan and the rossoneri fans.

In the last days, Milan officials have held talks with the goalkeeper’s family, trying to persuade them that the best option for Gigio at this point would be to continue with the club. And the involvement of Vincenzo Montella seems to have brought the expected results.

It is now said that the young goalkeeper is more willing to consider extending his contract with AC Milan. More than that, Donnarumma would be ready to fire agent Mino Raiola, to ensure that he will be forgiven by the Milan fans.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

Raiola’s right hand, his cousin Enzo, flew to Poland to talk with Raiola who is part of the Italy U21 squad participating at the European U21 Championship. Enzo informed Donnarumma that there are no news from AC Milan’s side and that the goalkeeper should think about Real Madrid.

But the player’s desire is to remain at Milan and his family completely backs him in his choice. This could lead to a breakup in the relationship with Mino Raiola, who is looking to take the player away from Milan.

It wouldn’t be the f上海夜生活网irst time a player fires Mino Raiola, over disagreements about career progress. Marek Hamsik fired the agent when he chose to remain at Napoli, although Raiola was insisting for him to move away from San Paolo.

Perez: “I think Ronaldo will stay”

Real Madrid’s president has again spoken about the future of Cristiano Ronaldo on Santiago Bernabeu.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 28, 2017.

In the studio of a radio show in Spain, Florentino P上海夜生活erez expressed his certitude that Ronaldo will continue with Real Madrid.

“I know he is angry, but I think he will stay”, Perez was quoted by the Spanish press.

Real’s president admitted that he has not been in contact with the player himself, but rather with his agent, Jorge Mendes:Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

“I haven’t spoken with him. The only thing that we can do is to wait and to speak after the Confederations Cup. I talked with Mendes about him. There is no need to be more worried than it is the case.”

“I am not thinking about him leaving. He is the best player we have, he is the best in the world and he has a contract. There are people who think he does this to get a wage increase, but in the eight years he has been here, he has never done that. He is not the type of person to come and ask for more money. You cannot sign a new contract every year.”

“He is a man of integrity and he fully respects his obligations. There are many people that want to hurt him regarding these taxes and other things, and he feels that”, Perez added in the defense of his player.

Real’s president also wanted to specify that he did not ask the press not to publish pictures with Cristiano Ronaldo in a Real Madrid shirt when the subject of tax fraud is discussed: “These are small problems for us. It’s not at all true that I have called someone. There is a lot of distraction, but we cannot stay all day long to infirm news. The fans know perfectly how every journalist is, and people trust us.”

An intense Derbi Barceloni awaits tonight

Tonight, is the Derbi Barcelona being played and Espanyol would love to beat city rivals FC BarcelonaWritten by Christian Møller Poulsen. April 29, 2017

As always it is intense when the two teams clash and even more so when Espanyol is at home. At the RCED Stadium the crowd has a sympathy for Real Madrid rather than FC Barcelona, and it would bring joy to the fans if they could help Los Blancos closer to the title.

The relationship between the sides is under pressure to say it at least. The crowd hates each other, and it would mean a lot for the Espanyol fans if they could beat Barca.

At FC Barcelona, the emotions for the neighbor club is also strained, as many of the fans dislike Espanyol even more than Real Madrid.

Even the two coaches of the sides have a strained relationship as Luis Enrique and Quique Sánches Flores, and the coaches would not meet for the traditional derby photo in the first meeting in this season, nor will they be doing today.

At the RCED Stadium there is always a hateful and intense atmosphere when Barca visits, and it inspires Espanyol to play上海夜生活网 roughly and at times violent. However, Barcelona has a firm grip on Espanyol as they haven’t loss in the RCED Stadium since 2007.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

An exciting and dramatic game awaits tonight at the RCED Stadium, and here are the team lineups for the teams.

FC Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Umtiti, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, André Gomes; Messi, Suárez y Neymar.

Bench: Cillessen, Mascherano, Digne, Denis, Arda, Aleñá y Alcácer.

Espanyol (4-4-2): Diego López, Javi López, David López, Diego Reyes, Aarón; Javi Fuego, Víctor Sánchez, Jurado, Piatti; Caicedo y Gerard Moreno.

Bench: Roberto, Rubén Duarte, Baptistao, Hernán Pérez, Diop, Marc Roca y Marc Navarro

 

How the last matches look like for Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga

La Liga opened completely yesterday as Barcelona won the Clásico at Bernabéu when Messi scored a last-minute goal, and here is the schedule for the two teams for the rest for the seasonWritten by Christian Møller Poulsen. April 24, 2017

One month is left of La Liga, and the race for the title is on following Messi’s dramatic last-minute winner at Bernabéu.

With the win, Barcelona moved top of the liga with 75 points which is the same amount as Real Madrid. However, as the Catalans are best in the head-to-head games this season, they move ahead of Real Madrid. Real Madrid though has a game in hand against Celta Vigo.

It appears to be Real Madrid who has the most challenging schedule, with two tough home games against Sevilla and Valencia. Both are teams with enough individual quality to cause problems for Los Blancos.

Apart from the two games at home, Real Madrid have to travel away from Madrid 4 times, starting with an away trip to Galicia to play Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday.

On top of the La liga games, the club also has to face Atletico Madrid over two legs in the semi-final of the Champions League.

Real Madrid games in la Liga:

Week 34: Deportivo-Real Madrid (26th April)

Week 35: Real Madrid-Valencia (29th April)

Week 36: Granada-Real Madrid (6th May)

Week 37: Real Madrid-Sevilla (14th May)Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

Week 21: Celta-Real Madrid (17th May)

Week 38: Málaga-Real Madrid (21th May)

FC Barcelona’s toughest away game looks to be the Derbi Barceloni, which is set to be played at Espanyol’s stadium, Cornella. Luis Enrique’s men also faces a long away trip to the Canary Islands to play Las Palmas in their final away game in the season.

Apart from Barca’s two away games, Barcelona will play bottom-placed Osasuna on Wednesday, before the hardest game for the Catalans awaits on the 6th of May when they host Villareal.

FC Barcelona games in La Liga:

Week 34: Barcelona-Osasuna (26th April)

Week 35: Espanyol-Barcelona (29th April)

Week 36: Barcelona-Villarreal (6th May)

Week 37: Las Palmas-Barcelona (14th May)

Week 38: Barcelona-Eibar (21st May上海夜生活网)

GM, Ford planning for possible economic downturn: executives

( ) – The top two U.S. automakers are preparing for a possible economic downturn, the companies said on Tuesday, as an ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing fuels fears of a global recession.

Tit-for-tat tariffs have increased raw material costs for the global auto industry, which is already dealing with weak demand in both China and the United States.

Ford Motor Co (F.N) has a cash buffer of $20 billion for a potential downturn event, Ford North American Chief Financial Offi上海夜网cer Matt Fields said at a J.P. Morgan Conference in New York.

General Motors (GM.N) has $18 billion in cash, with the potential to pay two years worth of dividends, the company’s finance head, Dhivya Suryadevara, said at the conference.

GM has modeled both moderate and severe downturn scenarios similar to 2008-2009 to get a sense of how it might affect profitability and cash flow at the No.1 U.S. car manufacturer, Suryadevara said.

“It’s something that we continually keep watching and updating to make sure that we’re all set for when the downturn does come,” Suryadevara said, adding that company does not see an imminent downturn.

Deferring non-essential capital expenditure and considering a shift to lower-priced vehicles are among the few things GM will look at as part of its “downturn planning” to save costs.

Ford said it was “proactively” evaluating its future moves, as it works with economists to model the severity of a possible recession.

Fear of a recession has dominated trading on Wall Street this year and spurred a bout of extreme volatility following President Donald Trump’s announcement of a new round of tariffs on Aug. 1.

Occidental finance chief pledges to quickly pare acquisition debt

DENVER ( ) – Occidental Petroleum Corp (OXY.N) expects to quickly reduce the $40 billion in debt it took on with its purchase of Anadarko Petroleum, the company’s finance chief said on Monday.

Cedric Burgher, in his first public remarks since the $38 billion acquisition closed 上海夜生活last week, told an EnerCom energy conference audience, the resulting debt burden was “not too bad,” and pledged Occidental would be selective in choosing assets to sell.

He defended the purchase, which has been attacked by activist Carl Icahn as “misguided and hugely overpriced,” as providing future oil production as a good valuation. Icahn is seeking to remove and replace four directors to influence the scale and pace of asset sales.

“When the smoke clears, people will start to see what we’ve done,” Burgher said to an overflow crowd.

Shares of Occidental fell 4.5% on Monday to $45.01, the lowest level in roughly a decade following a downgrade from analysts at investment firm Evercore ISI.

“The purchase of Anadarko makes Occidental larger but significantly less valuable,” Evercore analysts wrote in a note to investors on Monday.

Burgher said the deal would achieve $3.5 billion in synergies and cost savings through divestitures and by eliminating redundancies, including duplicate offices.

The company plans to keep Anadarko’s campus in Woodlands, Texas, indefinitely, and make a decision on the space in several years, Burgher said. It plans to remain in Houston and will sell a property that was acquired last year for a new Houston headquarters, he said.

Occidental also plans to be selective about what properties it puts on the market to help pay off the debt, he also said, saying it likes the U.S. offshore production acquired in the deal.

“We like the Gulf of Mexico (properties) we think it’s a keeper; great free cash flow, great assets,” he said. He made no mention of the Western Midstream Partners stake that it also acquired with Anadarko.