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Live Reporting

Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining me today, I'm just about to head off but here are a few other bits to be getting on with:

    Remember we will be back for the Champions League matches from around 16:30 GMT and there will also be coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live from 19:00 GMT.

    See you all soon.

  2. Uefa opens investigation into Webo racism claim

    Paris St-Germain v Istanbul Basaksehir (17:55 GMT)

    Pierre Webo

    Uefa has started a disciplinary investigation after a match official was accused of using a racist term in the Champions League game between Paris St-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The Turkish club allege Romanian fourth official Sebastian Coltescu made a racist comment towards assistant coach Pierre Webo in Tuesday's match.

    Both sets of players walked off in protest and the match did not resume.

    The two sides will finish the game on Wednesday with a new officiating team.

  3. Could Real Madrid join Man Utd in Europa League?

    Real Madrid v Borussia Monchengladbach (20:00 GMT)

    Zinedine Zidane

    Manchester United have gone from the Champions League but could Real Madrid be joining them in the Europa League.

    Thirteen-time European champions Real - who have never been knocked out at the group stage - need a victory over Borussia Monchengladbach to progress for the 23rd year in a row.

    Wondering which other big European clubs might yet be in trouble?

    This piece covers all the bases.

  4. Man Utd out of Champions League - but at what cost?

    Bruno Fernandes

    Now Manchester United's latest Champions League failure could come at quite a cost according to this piece from my colleague Phil Dawks.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future as manager, Paul Pogba's agent angling for a move for his client and the financial implications of dropping out of Europe's elite club competition all get more than a passing mention.

    Make sure you have a read.

  5. Reds youngsters buoy Klopp

    FC Midtjylland v Liverpool (17:55 GMT)

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the club would have been "lost" without their young players this season.

    With several senior stars out including Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Klopp has had to turn to the youngsters.

    Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and defenders Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips made their senior debuts, while Neco Williams and Curtis Jones also featured regularly.

    "When one door closes another opens up but you need the right kids to use - and how the boys did it," Klopp said.

    "Rhys [Williams] has been exceptional, Neco [Williams] played two good games in a row. Curtis [Jones] plays like he has for 10 years.

    The five youngsters, who have an average age of 20.4, have played 1,572 minutes across the Premier League and Champions League this season.

  6. Post update

    Remember we'll be bringing you oodles of Champions League action this evening, starting when Liverpool, who have already won Group D, travel to Denmark to face FC Midtjylland (17:55 GMT).

    Manchester City, the other English side in action, host Marseille (20:00 GMT) in their final group game having already taken top spot in Group C.

  7. Castagne not yet ready for a return

    Leicester v AEK Athens (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers says defender Timothy Castagne is closing in on a return after nearly six weeks out with a thigh injury, but is not ready to feature on Thursday.

    "He is in the final stages of his rehabilitation," he said.

    "Hopefully it'll be sooner rather than later for him, but he won't be available for tomorrow."

  8. 'Winning trophies for myself is not at the forefront of my mind'

    Leicester v AEK Athens (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester shocked the world with their 2016 Premier League triumph - but can they do the same in Europe this season?

    Brendan Rodgers is not thinking about that just yet.

    "My yardstick has always been about influence, how I can influence players and development," he said.

    "Winning trophies for myself is not at the forefront of my mind. There are a lot of great managers that never get a chance to do it."

    "My challenge was to get Leicester into the higher echelons of the league and compete in European competition.

    "Once we did it in the first season, I want to repeat it. Everyone wants to win trophies, but I love my job here, and that's my focus."

  9. Rodgers 'embracing' Europa League challenge

    Leicester v AEK Athens (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    The Thursday/Sunday Europa League slog can been seen as a grind for some, but for Brendan Rodgers it is something he is enjoying.

    "We wanted to achieve at the start of the qualification phase, new experiences and challenges for most of the group," he said.

    "We’ve tried to embrace it and enjoy the challenge. For us to be in the position to win the group, it’s great."

  10. Squad have been first class - Rodgers

    Leicester v AEK Athens (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers was not giving much away when he was asked about his team selection, with his side potentially needing a win to finish top of the group.

    "We’ll do what we have done throughout the competition and pick a team we think can win the game," he said.

    "There are so many games, but the squad have been first class. We’ll pick a strong team to try and get the result."

  11. There needs to be drastic action against racism - Rodgers

    Leicester v AEK Athens (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    First up for Brendan Rodgers is a question about the racism allegations during Wednesday's Champions League match between Istanbul Basaksehir and PSG.

    Rodgers says the actions of the players, in walking off in the face of alleged racism, was "the right thing to do".

    "If you want to make a stand about this kind of behaviour, there needs to be drastic action. I take my hat off to both sets of players."

  12. Newcastle match expected to go ahead

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle's Premier League fixture against West Brom on Saturday is expected to go ahead as the squad recovers from last week's coronavirus outbreak.

    The club's match at Aston Villa was postponed last Friday because of several cases which affected the team.

    But with players returning to full group training on Wednesday afternoon, there are enough players who have tested negative to fulfil this weekend's game at St James' Park.

  13. Post update

    Right, that is Jose done and dusted.

    Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is next up.

  14. Kane and Son 'very special'

    Tottenham Hotspur v Royal Antwerp (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Kane & Son

    More from Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho: "I have had amazing strikers in every club I have been. The reality is that some are pure goalscorers and others do much more than that.

    "I have guys like that and with the qualities that Harry [Kane] and Sonny [Son Heung-min] have. What they do for the team and come second after the team, they are very special."

  15. We should not be 'afraid' of anyone

    Tottenham Hotspur v Royal Antwerp (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho: "I don't think we should be afraid of playing any team in the next phase, but normally the teams who win groups are the best team, so if you can avoid them in the next stage it is an advantage."

  16. 'Every form of racism has to be fought'

    Tottenham Hotspur v Royal Antwerp (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho was also asked for his reaction to Tuesday's events at the game between Paris St-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir.

    He said: "Very sad situation. Every form of racism has to be fought and never accepted. I’m very sad of course I am very sad because we don’t want that in football.

    "I personally know the referee, not the fourth official, the referee. Good, very good guy, very good referee.

    "To be involved, indirectly, not directly in the game that will become quite iconic is not a nice thing. The fourth official only he can express his feelings. Of course, he made an unacceptable mistake but only him can open his heart, apologise and accept the consequences but probably he is also a very good referee but everyone in football and society, we have our responsibilities in relation to this situation and if you make mistakes you have to accept the responsibilities.

    "[For a] Champions League game to stop after 15 mins for a very sad reason will become iconic and hopefully never happens again. But yes, as a football guy I am very, very sorry that in my industry that situation happens.”

  17. Man Utd among Europa League favourites - Mourinho

    Tottenham Hotspur v Royal Antwerp (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Hello. Is this a dig or is this serious? I think it's serious.

    Jose Mourinho says that Manchester United are now among the "top favourites" to win the Europa League after their Champions League exit.

    Mourinho of course helped United win the trophy in 2017 and they reached the semi-finals of the competition in August before losing to eventual winners Sevilla.

    "The teams that drop from the Champions League are strong teams and normally they don't belong to that level of the Europa League," Mourinho said.

    "Manchester United is one of the top teams. The group was very hard with Manchester, Paris-St-Germain and Leipzig. We knew it was not going to be easy for any of them."

  18. Aurier out & Hojbjerg rested for Spurs

    Tottenham Hotspur v Royal Antwerp (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Now for a bit of Tottenham team news.

    Manager Jose Mourinho confirms that full-back Serge Aurier is out and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who was not training, may be rested.

    France midfielder Tanguy Ndomebele is fit to play but it sounds like Erik Lamela could be a little longer with Mourinho saying he is hoping to have the Argentine winger back for January.

  19. Post update

    Tottenham Hotspur v Royal Antwerp (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has already seen his side advance to the knockout phase of the Europa League but they could yet win Group J, by avenging their 1-0 defeat in Antwerp, on Thursday.

    "We did our job, we could do better, we could do worse," Mourinho said.

    In one game at home, with 2,000 fans behind us we have the chance to win the group.

  20. Post update

    But first up is Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who is briefing the press prior to their game against Royal Antwerp on Thursday.