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Live Reporting

Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    That's where I'll wrap things up for the time being then. Thanks for all your thoughts on Tuesday's night Champions League games, which saw holders Liverpool lose 1-0 at Atletico Madrid while Borussia Dortmund beat Paris St-Germain 2-1.

    We'll be back later with live text commentary as the last-16 ties continue with Tottenham hosting RB Leipzig while Atalanta welcome Valencia (both 20:00 GMT).

    There is also a rearranged Premier League game between Manchester City and West Ham (19:30 GMT). Until then, I'll leave you with some of today's top stories:

  2. Derby winger out for 'several weeks'

    Before I leave you, here's some injury news from the Championship, with Derby County winger Duane Holmes having been ruled out for "several weeks".

    The USA international, who has scored three goals in his past eight appearances, suffered an ankle injury in Saturday's draw with Huddersfield.

  3. Cazorla hopes for Arsenal farewell

    Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says returning to Emirates Stadium to say goodbye to the club's fans is "something which is left in my career."

    Cazorla, 35, left the Gunners after six years in 2018 following two years out with a serious ankle injury. But he has made an amazing recovery at Villarreal and has even fought his way back into the Spain team.

    "It was frustrating to not be able to say goodbye to a club who treated me so well," he told BBC Sport.

    "It is something left in my career to say goodbye properly. I am eternally grateful to the club and the fans for the way they continue to treat me."

  4. Wolves sign teenager Hubner


    Wolves have signed Dutch defender Justin Hubner from FC Den Bosch. The 16-year-old has joined the Premier League club's academy from his hometown club after receiving international clearance.

  5. Nuno backs Wenger's VAR proposals

    Wolves v Espanyol (Thu, 20:00 GMT)


    Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes Arsene Wenger's proposals to change VAR would benefit the game.

    The technology will be used for the first time in the Europa League on Thursday, with Wolves hosting Espanyol in the last 32.

    Former Arsenal manager Wenger's plan would mean a player would be deemed onside if any part of their body is level or behind the last defender.

    Football's rulemakers, the International Football Association Board, meets next weekend and has ruled out making changes but Nuno agrees with Wenger's call.

    He said: "Everybody that is outside the decision-making of the law can give opinions and clearly the opinions are to improve, to make things better for everybody. So if Arsene Wenger said that, I support it."

  6. I'm sure we'll climb the table - Moyes

    Man City v West Ham (19:30 GMT)

    West Ham United

    West Ham have won just two of their eight games since David Moyes returned as manager and go into the game third-bottom in the Premier League.

    Moyes said: "I've been really pleased with the application of the players since I came in. What we need to improve on is the quality, our results, our performances - and more importantly than anything, we have to win.

    "I'm more than confident we will climb the table. I think the players here are more than capable. I think they are all fully aware of the situation we're in and the improvement we need to make to make sure we're not in the bottom three, and I'm sure come the end we will do."

  7. Defensive trio could return

    Man City v West Ham (19:30 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Defenders Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy and John Stones could all return for Manchester City.

    Raheem Sterling suffered a hamstring injury in the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham last time out and is unlikely to be risked, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended for the defending champions.

  8. Soriano says FFP allegations 'simply not true'

    Manchester City

    ICYMI... Manchester City's chief executive Ferran Soriano responded earlier to the allegations that the Premier League champions committed "serious breaches" of Uefa's club licensing and financial fair play regulations, saying they are "simply not true".

    Uefa announced on Friday that City would be banned from European club competition for the next two seasons, although the club intends to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and chief executive Ferran Soriano
  9. Gers to have VAR for the first time

    Rangers v Braga (Thu, 20:00 GMT)

    There's plenty of British interest in the Europa League this week too, with Manchester United, Wolves, Arsenal, Rangers and Celtic all playing on Thursday.

    And manager Steven Gerrard has warned Rangers they will need to be on their best behaviour as they come under the watchful eye of VAR for the first time.

    Video replay technology will be in use as his side host Braga in their last-32 first leg.

    "One thing's for sure - we're going to have to be careful, and make sure we behave and we're very disciplined over both legs," Gerrard said.

    Rangers are boosted by the return of Borna Barisic from injury.

  10. Lallana set to leave Liverpool in the summer

    Mandeep Sanghera

    BBC Sport

    Adam Lallana is also set to move, with Liverpool willing to let the England midfielder leave in the summer when his contract runs out.

    There are no talks taking place between the European champions and the 31-year-old over a new deal and he will be available on a free transfer.

    Lallana, who has been linked with Leicester City, moved to Anfield for £25m in 2014. He was signed from Southampton by then-Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who is now in charge of the Foxes.

  11. Santa Cruz crucial to Adebayor's Paraguay move

    Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor made a surprise move to Paraguayan side Olimpia Asuncion last week and has now said the main reasons were the influence of his ex-Manchester City team-mate Roque Santa Cruz and the club president's six-year-old son.

    The 35-year-old Togo international, who quit Turkish club Kayserispor in December, signed a deal until the end of the year as giants Olimpia hunt for domestic and South America's Copa Libertadores silverware.

    "At first I was impressed after speaking to the club president and Roque Santa Cruz [a Paraguay international]," Adebayor said. "He told me that in his country, people live and breathe football.

    "I asked him for verbal assurance that everything will be fine. Santa Cruz gave me his word that I will love it here, so he played a big role in me coming here.

    "I also got a lot of personal messages from some of the fans on social media and that made a big impact. But I was mostly touched by the words of the president's young son who, at six years old, said I am his idol. That was very emotional for me."

    Emmanuel Adebayor waves to fans at Silvio Pettirossi airport after signing for Paraguayan club Olimpia Asuncion
  12. How did Red Bull build a Champions League side from scratch?

    Tottenham v RB Leipzig (20:00 GMT)

    So how did RB Leipzig go from the fifth tier of German football to the Champions League knockout stages in 10 years? Click here to find out

  13. What have you done in the last 10 years?

    Manchester City host West Ham later (19:30 GMT) in their rearranged Premier League game so it will be interesting to see how their fans react.

    Tottenham are also hosting RB Leipzig in the Champions League (20:00 GMT) and the German side, which was rebranded after being taken over in 2010, has trolled Spurs in the build-up.

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  14. 'This is not something for Guardiola to respond to'

    Manchester City

    And finally from that in-house interview, chief executive Ferran Soriano was asked how Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is after the club's European ban.

    "Obviously, he has been kept informed about this process but this is not something for him to respond to," said Soriano.

    "He is focused on the football, he is focusing on the game, the game at hand, the game today, tomorrow and the next weeks, as well as the players. They are calm, they are focused and this matter is more a business matter, a legal matter than a football manner."

  15. 'We hear all the time that anything we do is based only on money'

    Manchester City

    Asked what Manchester City are now looking for, chief executive Ferran Soriano said: "All we are looking for is a proper adjudication in an independent and impartial body that is going to take the time to look at all the evidence and look at it without preconception.

    "I am also looking for the end of this process, maybe to put a pen under this undertone that we are hearing all the time that anything that we do, any result that we get, is based only on money and not on talent and effort. The hundreds of people that work at this club know this is not true, that it is about effort and talent, so maybe in the end this is an opportunity."

  16. Soriano - Cas said information leaks were 'worrisome'

    Manchester City

    The in-house interview continues with chief executive Ferran Soriano explaining why Manchester City are going back to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

    "This is how the system works," he said. "We went to Cas mid process because it was clear to us that we were not having a fair process and we were concerned.

    "We were specifically concerned about the leaks, the constant leak of information. Cas said there was merit in our complaint, they said that the leaks were ‘worrisome’ and they said they would judge it when process has finished. The process has finished now, we are going to Cas again."

  17. 'This seems to be less about justice and more about politics'

    Manchester City

    Manchester City said in a statement on Friday that the Uefa process was "prejudiced". Why so?

    "Well, this was our experience," said chief executive Ferran Soriano. "This is the way we felt all the way through this process.

    "Of course a lot of people come now and say, well what were you expecting? This is the way it works. You should have expected a negative outcome the way the system is designed.

    "But we didn’t believe that. We worked very hard. We provided the evidence but in the end this FFP Investigatory Chamber relied more on out of context stolen emails than all the other evidence we provided of what actually happened and I think it is normal that we feel like we feel. Ultimately, based on our experience and our perception, this seems to be less about justice and more about politics."

  18. 'We felt we were considered guilty before anything was discussed'

    Manchester City

    Manchester City's chief executive Ferran Soriano was also asked whether the club cooperated with Uefa's investigation.

    "We did cooperate with this process," he said. "We delivered a long list of documents and support that we believe is irrefutable evidence that the claims are not true and it was hard because we did this in the context of information being leaked to the media in the context of feeling that every step of the way, every engagement we had, we felt that we were considered guilty before anything was even discussed, but at the end, this is an internal process that has been initiated and then prosecuted and then judged by this FFP chamber at Uefa."

  19. All investment has been 'properly declared'

    Manchester City

    Manchester City's chief executive Ferran Soriano was asked whether the club's owner has been putting his own money into the football club via sponsorships.

    "The owner has not put money in this club that has not been properly declared," he said.

    "We are a sustainable football club, we are profitable, we don’t have debt, our accounts have been scrutinised many times, by auditors, by regulators, by investors and this is perfectly clear."