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Live Reporting

Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    That's all from today's news conferences then, which included new Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel saying he hopes the club and their fans will remain united after the sacking of Frank Lampard. Thanks for joining me.

    We'll be back later for live text commentary on Tottenham's game with Liverpool, which begins at 18:30 GMT for a 20:00 kick-off.

    Till then, I'll leave you with some of today's top stories:

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    Video caption: MOTD: Calamity of errors’ costs Man Utd in Blades defeat
  2. Cairney & Kongolo remain out

    West Brom v Fulham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    And finally from Scott Parker, the Fulham boss added that he has just two players definitely out for Saturday's game.

    "There's no new injury news," he said. "There are still two unavailable in Tom Cairney and Terence Kongolo. Other than that, we’re OK."

  3. Seri could leave the Cottagers

    West Brom v Fulham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Fulham boss Scott Parker has confirmed that Ivory Coast midfielder Jean Michaal Seri, who has made just two EFL Cup appearances for the Cottagers this season, could leave the club for Bordeaux this month.

    "There is a possibility that Mika may leave," he said. "I’m not up to speed on whether that's imminent. It’s beyond my control as to whether that allows us to bring someone in."

  4. There’s more to come from Decordova-Reid - Parker

    West Brom v Fulham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Bobby Decordova-Reid has scored four goals from 14 league starts this term and Fulham boss Scott Parker feels the 27-year-old forward could have a big part to play in the Cottagers' bid for survival.

    "Bobby has been immense," he said. "Everything that you see with him and how he conducts himself is nothing short of superb. He deserves to be where he is. There’s more to come from him."

  5. 'Is it a definer? No, there’s 19 games left'

    West Brom v Fulham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)


    Scott Parker

    Now it's over to Chelsea's west London rivals Fulham, for whom boss Scott Parker has also been speaking to the media today.

    The Cottagers are third-bottom in the Premier League and Saturday's game sees them face a West Brom side which is second-bottom, with two points less.

    "It's a big game on Saturday," said Parker. "Do I see it as a definer? No, there’s 19 games left and we’re five points off [safety] with a game in hand. There’s a lot of legs left in the season."

  6. 'The Premier League brings out the best in us coaches'


    And finally from Thomas Tuchel, the German talked about Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, with whom he crossed paths when the pair were rival bosses in the Bundesliga.

    "I spoke with Pep a lot since he worked here," Tuchel added. "Of course, I followed the Premier League very closely from Germany and France. This is the benchmark of leagues.

    "We saw yesterday (Wednesday) on a physical level, the level of athleticism, devotion and completely different levels that we are used to. I love it because it brings out the best in us coaches and our players."

    Thomas Tuchel
  7. 'Tottenham's name sounded like a big adventure'


    So, Thomas Tuchel was also asked whether Tottenhan were his favourite team while growing up. "You are digging deep," he replied.

    "When I was young, there was no daily match live on television so what I could actually see was one or two minutes on TV and suddenly Tottenham Hotspur came along once every four weeks. Their name sounded like a big adventure."

  8. 'We will push the academy boys to the limits'


    Asked about Chelsea's young academy products, Thomas Tuchel said: "I love to work with guys from the academy and we have a lot of Chelsea boys here in this squad that we will push to the limits."

    However, Mason Mount was dropped to the bench as Chelsea drew 0-0 with Wolves in Tuchel's first game in charge and Billy Gilmour wasn't in the squad.

    "I wanted to take the weight off their shoulders," added the new Chelsea boss. " I wanted to give the responsibility in this special moment to a bit more experienced players and have them on hand.

    "There is nothing to worry about, I like what I see from Mason so far, [he's] such a nice and competitive guy. Every game I have seen so far, Mason cares for Chelsea, 100%.

    "This is the best basis for a big development. I am very happy to have him around, I will not stop pushing him and guiding him.

    "For Billy, I have a good impression. He is a very strategic guy, [with a] very high level of game understanding. He's good in the first contact and has clever positioning. We will see if he has the physical level, but he is super quick with his feet."

  9. 'I am here to challenge for every trophy we play for'


    Chelsea are out of the EFL Cup but will face Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League and Barnsley in the FA Cup fifth round.

    "The club made it very clear, Chelsea is about results," added Thomas Tuchel. "We always try to bring performance, develop players, improve players, and increase their value as well as strong performances.

    "In the end, I am very realistic, I am in a club whose DNA is to win. I am here to challenge for every trophy we play for. This year it is the Champions League and FA Cup - for the Premier League it is not realistic."

    Thomas Tuchel talks to Cesar Azpilicueta
  10. I'm very happy with what I have seen so far - Tuchel


    Frank Lampard spent a lot of money on new players last summer, but asked if he feels he has any gaps to fill in the squad, Thomas Tuchel said: "No, but it is hard for me to judge right now. I am very happy with what I have seen so far. N'Golo Kante came back today (Thursday) so we have 22 players and the goalkeeper.

    "I think he [Kante] is strongest as a double six," Tuchel added. "We can use his energy and use his range, his volume in his game, his ability to recuperate and recover balls everywhere on the pitch.

    "He is a guy who is a big, big helper for everybody with the potential of a helper, a water carrier, but a world-class player."

  11. 'I have the biggest respect for Lampard - but this is not my fault'


    Thomas Tuchel

    Thomas Tuchel has replaced club legend Frank Lampard in the Chelsea hotseat, so is he worried about any backlash?

    "I don't know," he said. "I hope not because that would be hard on the team. The fans are so close and behind the team, it makes a big difference.

    "I know it was a big disappointment for the fanbase that Frank was sacked and as I said before, I have the biggest respect. I was a huge fan of Frank as a player.

    "The club made clear to me this is not my fault, I cannot change the situation for him. The decision was made and I was handed the opportunity."

  12. Why Chelsea? Why not!


    Thomas Tuchel is now speaking with the media and he is asked a straightforward question first up... why Chelsea?

    "Why not," he said. "It was the opportunity with one of the biggest clubs in the world in the most competitive league in the world. We felt like we should absolutely not miss the chance to join the Chelsea family. It was a pretty easy choice."

  13. Gossip - Gilmour asks Chelsea to go out on loan

    The Daily Mail

    One of Thomas Tuchel's first acts in the transfer market could be allowing midfielder Billy Gilmour to leave till the end of the season.

    The Mail reports that the 19-year-old has asked to go out on loan as he looks to cement his place in Scotland’s European Championship squad.

    Billy Gilmour
  14. What's to come?

    So, any minute we're due to hear from the new Chelsea boss...

    The Thomas Tuchel era may have started with a goalless draw against Wolves, but the German believes he has seen enough to leave him feeling positive about the future.

    Tuchel's side were held on a frustrating night by Wolves at Stamford Bridge in the former Paris St-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss' first game since taking over from Frank Lampard.

    Wolves keeper Rui Patricio saved well from Antonio Rudiger's header and Callum Hudson-Odoi's deflected attempt.

    Chelsea have won just once in six Premier League games and are five points off a top-four spot. But Tuchel preferred to concentrate on the positives after the Wolves match.

    "I was very happy performance-wise, unfortunately we couldn't score, if we take care of our performance like this the results will come," he said. "It gives me a good feeling for the future."

  15. Gunners waiting on Aubameyang, Partey & Smith Rowe

    Arsenal v Manchester United (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Asked if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be available for Saturday's Premier League game, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta replied: "I don't know. I spoke with him yesterday (Wednesday). Things are looking better at the moment, but we are going to have to wait and see."

    Thomas Partey limped out Tuesday's 3-1 league win at Southampton, as did in-form youngster Emile Smith Rowe, while Kieran Tierney did not travel to the south coast.

    "Let's see how they come through training," Arteta said when asked about the fitness of Partey and Smith Rowe. "They had some discomfort in different parts. We still have some days until the game, but not long, so let's see how they are."

    Tierney, at least, is expected to feature with the PA news agency understanding his omission in midweek was to not risk any further setback before Saturday's game.

    Martin Odegaard joined on loan from Real Madrid on Wednesday and will train with his new team-mates for the first time on Thursday, although it is believed his lack of match fitness means the Norwegian midfielder is highly unlikely to start.

  16. Arteta refuses to answer questions on Aubameyang

    Arsenal v Manchester United (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Speaking at his news conference earlier, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta refused to answer questions on whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had travelled abroad to spend time with his mother and if quarantine rules would therefore prevent him from facing Manchester United this weekend.

    Asked if Aubameyang had left the country, Arteta replied: "He had to support his family and he had to be with them."

    Pushed on the matter of potential quarantine for his captain if he did travel, Arteta said: "I don't know what will happen."

    The PA news agency understands he will need a negative Covid test before a return is possible, and only then if Aubameyang is feeling in a suitable condition to play.

    Aubameyang had travelled with the Gunners' squad for last Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Southampton before leaving just hours before kick-off.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  17. Aubameyang absence due to mother's ill health

    ICYMI... Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said on Wednesday that his recent absence from the side is because his mother has been in ill health.

    The 31-year-old Gabon international has missed the Gunners' past two matches.

    "My mother is going through some health issues and I had to be there for her," said Aubameyang in a social media post explaining why he had not played.

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  18. Henderson could return for Liverpool

    Tottenham v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

    The last game of the midweek programme sees Tottenham host defending champions Liverpool, who are both outside the top four after West Ham's win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

    Tottenham defender Ben Davies is a doubt with a calf injury sustained during the FA Cup win over Wycombe, while Matt Doherty could also miss out.

    Head coach Jose Mourinho, who hinted at further injuries to unnamed players, confirmed that Dele Alli is unavailable because of a tendon problem.

    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson could return after missing his side's past two games with a muscle strain. He is back in full training, along with Joel Matip, who will also be assessed.

    Defender Matip missed Sunday's FA Cup defeat by Manchester United, but that was thought to be merely precautionary.