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Ben Collins and Deepak Mahay

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    So that's all from today's news conferences at Liverpool and Manchester City. If that hasn't whet your appetite for Wednesday's crunch games, I don't know what will!

    Perhaps you're more interested in whether Chelsea get through to the Champions League semi-finals later, and can holders Bayern Munich turn their tie around against Paris St-Germain? We'll have live text commentary on those games from 18:30 BST.

    You can also watch the England women's team friendly with Canada live on the BBC website (19:15 kick-off), as well as a huge game for Northern Ireland's women's team as they face Ukraine hoping to reach their first major finals (19:45).

    Until then, thanks for joining us. We'll leave with you with some of today's top stories:

  2. If we don’t win I’m a failure, if we do it’s 'how good is Pep' - Guardiola

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Finally from Pep Guardiola, the Manchester City manager was reminded that it's been 10 years since he won the Champions League for a third time overall with Barcelona - and the second time as their coach.

    "I was just there to put the idea together and this is the same," he said. "If I retire now or in five or 10 years, I didn’t expect it. I’m grateful for the players I’ve had, the way we’ve done it. I’m so happy, but this is a business and the business is to win.

    "I know if we don’t win I’ll be a failure and if we do it’s 'how good is Pep'. I've rotated [the squad] for 27 games and we won, then when we didn’t win [against Leeds on Saturday] you asked me why I rotated. I’m here to take the decisions and hopefully I take the right ones to express the quality on the pitch."

  3. We have to control emotions - Guardiola

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Having failed to get past the Champions League quarter-finals in his first four seasons with Manchester City, manager Pep Guardiola was asked if he and the squad are now better equipped.

    "If we win, the people will say yes," he said. "Right now, we don’t know. We're controlling emotions. They are human beings and have feelings, situations happen.

    "We'll do what we’ve done all season, play a game and be ready. If we want to win we have to deserve it and go for it, and that’s going to happen, in the way we’ve done it many times.

    "We have to control emotions but need emotions. We're not going to do anything special - be a leader on the pitch, try to take responsibility. If you are quieter then be calm and be ready to make a good performance. It’s a game where we start at 2-1. The last 26 or 27 games [Dortmund] scored so we’ll have to score goals and try to be effective in the game."

    A 0-0 draw will be enough to take City through, but Guardiola said: "If you think in this kind of game about consequences, you forget what you have to do. You have to focus on what you do in the game, execute the plan and hope the quality of the players' does the rest.

    "It would be better if [Dortmund] had not scored but they'd always have chances. They have weapons to score, but so do we. I think they know we are not going to defend. We'll try to use our quality to win the game."

  4. We knew Dortmund's quality - Guardiola

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was asked if he has learned anything about Borussia Dortmund's star striker Erling Braut Haaland from the first leg.

    "No, we analysed the team, not just one player," he said. "We knew the quality, what they’ve done. Imagine what they can do and what we can do.

    "We are going to try to win the game," Guardiola added. "Nobody knows what will happen but we try to win.

    "I would say it’s a pleasure to be here again, and next season again as we have already qualified. We are looking forward, but many things can happen. It was a good result for the first game, now we'll give everything to win."

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    Shakeel Gundagi: Liverpool don't have any other option; drive on the front foot, score the early goal, put pressure on Real Madrid's back 4...Stop Benzema from scoring. Easier said than done!

  6. We must put Real under pressure - Robertson

    Liverpool v Real Madrid (Wed, 20:00 BST; Agg 1-3)


    Finally from Liverpool's Andy Robertson, he explained how his side can improve from their performance in Spain and make it into the semi-finals.

    "The first leg was a disappointment, the performance level wasn't on the level that it should be," he said.

    "We gave away three cheap goals that probably could have been avoided but we got an away goal, which was probably the only bonus of that night.

    "We've given ourselves a chance and it's up to us to try to use that to stay in the competition.

    "Tomorrow I think it's important to go into the game as a normal game and put them under pressure. We need to try to keep a clean sheet, defensively be on the highest mark, and take any chances."

  7. Guardiola says he would be 'crazy' not to trust his players

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been speaking ahead of Wednesday's Champions League encounter with Borussia Dortmund.

    I asked him if he trusts his players to deliver in the final weeks of the season, when the pressure is at its most intense. Obviously, he does.

    "After winning 27 matches out of 29, I would be crazy not to believe in these players," said Guardiola.

    "What we have done so far, we deserve to be in this position but I know if we lose tomorrow, we are out. If we lose at Wembley [in the FA Cup semi-final] we are out. If we lose the week after [in the Carabao Cup final] we are out."

  8. Get Involved - Can Chelsea go all the way?

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    Jared Maobe: Tuchel came in looking to stabilise first, and now seems he's raring to go. He has nothing to lose. Chelsea looks like they can compete now, so he can go all the way.

  9. We need a close to perfect game - Robertson

    Liverpool v Real Madrid (Wed, 20:00 BST; Agg 1-3)


    Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is in the chair now looking ahead to the Real Madrid clash.

    "We're still in the competition," he said. "Maybe not many give us hope but we believe that we can put in a better performance than last week, that's the only way that gives us a fighting chance.

    "We need to be better at everything that we do, put pressure on an unbelievably experienced team and try to make it uncomfortable for them.

    "It needs to be a close to perfect game. We've done it in the past but we can't rely on that. We have to try to create our own atmosphere."

    Casemiro and Andy Robertson
  10. This is the highest level you can play football on - Gundogan

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Jurgen Klopp and Ilkay Gundogan helped Borussia Dortmund reach the Champions League final in 2013, when they lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich at Wembley, and the German midfielder is keen to go all the way with Manchester City this term.

    "It was probably the biggest defeat I have had my career and a reason I want to go back to the final and win the trophy, but it was also a great experience," he said. "The way to the final was incredible and still brings me goosebumps. We played incredible football that season. Defeats are part of football, even though it was a bad, sad, frustrating day.

    "I am not sure if there is anyone in the [Manchester City] squad who has won the Champions League before, I doubt it," Gundogan added. "It is a great competition to be a part of.

    "I remember the times when I was growing up watching the Champions League at home with the family - the midweek games, it was like a festival. We celebrated watching Champions League games so, for me, that is the highest level you can play football on."

  11. 'We're much more stable this season, especially defensively'

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Mahmoud Dahoud, Ilkay Gundogan and Jude Bellingham

    Manchester City have fallen at the Champions League quarter-final stage in the last three seasons so midfielder Ilkay Gundogan was asked what they have learnt from those European exits.

    "For me it is very important not just because of the experience we had in the last few years, getting knocked out, but also because I have expectations to myself and my team," he said.

    "I know we have great players and are capable of going to the semi-finals. We should have been there maybe earlier but we were lacking something. We did unnecessary individual mistakes that led to goals and then it is tough. Tottenham at home we conceded three goals, Liverpool two, and when you concede this amount of goals in your home stadium, it is not easy.

    "I feel like we are much more stable in this season, especially defensively. It gives you a safe feeling when your defensive line is working great."

  12. 'Haaland will have a great future, he has the mindset to go to the top'

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan just spoke to the media.

    He was warm in his praise of Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland, who is one of the most sought-after young players in Europe just now.

    "He is a great talent, a great player and an exciting prospect," said Gundogan.

    "He scores a lot of goals, is physically strong and quick. He is so determined and goes into the spaces that may hurt.

    "The fact that his numbers are already outstanding, not just in the league but in Europe, is incredible.

    "He will have a great future. It seems to me he is also bringing the right mindset to go to the top."

    Erling Braut Haaland
  13. Vinicius is an outstanding talent - Klopp

    Liverpool v Real Madrid (Wed, 20:00 BST; Agg 1-3)


    Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior put in an excellent performance in their first leg against Liverpool, scoring two goals in Spain, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was asked how his side plan to stop the Brazilian on Wednesday.

    Klopp replied: "He is an outstanding talent, everybody knew it before Real Madrid signed him [from Flamengo in 2018].

    "The one goal we could have defended but the other was just a great long ball and then a great first touch and finish.

    "We have to try to avoid the passes in his direction, which is a big task. [I was] impressed yes, surprised not."

    Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring against Liverpool
  14. 'We try to go step to step, this year is another chance'

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City are yet to win the Champions League and have failed to get beyond the quarter-finals in Pep Guardiola's first four seasons in charge.

    Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan added: "The more you proceed in this competition, the more important it gets. It gives you confidence when you know the goalkeeper and the defence are working well and combined with the feeling we can score, that’s a great potential.

    "It is something I definitely want to achieve, to win the trophy. We have a really good chance with this club. It is not just about chances, it is about taking them. We try to go step to step. This year is another chance. We will try to do our best to go as far as possible.

    "Defending a result does not fit the way we play as players and as a team. We should go to win the game. That’s what we are used to and that’s how we will handle the game in Germany, the same as we did here."

    Borussia Dortmund's Ansgar Knauff and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan
  15. 'Having no crowd feels like a disadvantage for Dortmund'

    Borussia Dortmund v Man City (Wed, 20:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will be playing against his former club on Wednesday, with a place in the Champions League semi-finals at stake.

    "I still follow [Dortmund] a lot, I still try to watch as many games as possible in the Bundesliga when they play," he said.

    "I know they have a lot of quality in the squad - quick, fast, technically really good players. On their day they can beat every single team in Europe.

    "Going to Dortmund and knowing there is no crowd, it feels like it is a disadvantage for Dortmund," added the Germany international. "I played there for five years, I know how loud it can be in that stadium. It was the same at our stadium last week. There is something missing in football at the moment."

  16. We have to be 100% on our top level - Klopp

    Liverpool v Real Madrid (Wed, 20:00 BST; Agg 1-3)


    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp added: "The clean sheet is very important but that's not too different to other games, you never want to concede goals.

    "I have no idea [if there's] anyone in the world who can deny Real Madrid having any chances.

    "They beat us and then they beat Barcelona in a very important game so they are obviously in a good moment.

    "We have to be 100% on our top level if we want to make it."

    Jurgen Klopp
  17. We have to be in a mood to start believing - Klopp

    Liverpool v Real Madrid (Wed, 20:00 BST; Agg 1-3)


    Liverpool need to pull off a big turnaround to progress but they've done it before in Europe, just think back to the semi-finals against Barcelona in 2019.

    Boss Jurgen Klopp said: "What's important is the performance, we have to play like ourselves and play as good as we can, we have to try to win the game and then we will see what the result leads us to.

    "With the quality that Real Madrid has you have to defend on your absolutely highest level and that is what we didn't do in the first leg.

    "It's always about winning football games and that is the target for tomorrow night. If that will end up in a comeback, I have no idea.

    "We have to be in a mood to start believing again and, if that happens and we can see that it's possible, then we have a chance, but it's still incredibly difficult."

  18. It'll be great to have fans back - Gundogan

    Manchester City

    Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has just been speaking to the media about having fans at the Carabao Cup final.

    He said: "It’s exciting. We had one game this season away at Southampton when we had 2,000 fans in the stadium.

    "It is a feeling we need to get used to again. Not just for the people, but for us, it will be great to have them back."

  19. Spurs & Man City get 2,000 tickets for Carabao Cup final

    ICYMI, it was confirmed earlier that Tottenham and Manchester City will both have 2,000 fans at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final on 25 April.

    But fans under 18 cannot attend, and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable or pregnant have also been told not to apply for tickets.

    To get into Wembley, fans must take a lateral flow coronavirus test at a designated site - not at home - in the 24 hours before the game. And they must bring proof of a negative result, either a text or an email.