There can be a lot of public atmospherics around trade negotiations that have little bearing on actual progress. The only people who actually know how they are going are the people directly involved and their superiors they report to, and they aren't going to tip their hand by leaking a balanced story.Listening to the news at lunchtime there was moaning and wailing about the state of negotiations.
Apparently both sides are still saying there are reasons for optimism. I suppose that depends on your point of view.
It is commonplace for some countries to feed doom and gloom predictions to the other side's press in an attempt to put pressure on them to concede on some point or other, but not follow through in practice. The EU's negotiating tactics (as distinct from their proposals) are actually very similar to how the US operates, so be prepared for the same if you start talking to the Americans.