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Ben Collins and Deepak Mahay

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  1. Bye for now

    Thanks for joining us for the latest from Tottenham, Leeds and Everton, which included Marcelo Bielsa denying reports he is close to signing a new two-year deal at Leeds. We'll leave you with some of today's top content. Enjoy!

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    Video caption: MOTDx: Arsenal's Bukayo Saka picks his Match of the Day Mix playlist
  2. Thursday's Europa League fixtures

    All kick-offs 20:00 BST

    So that's all from Thursday's news conferences. We'll be back later for live text commentary on the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals:

  3. Mourinho cryptic on why Spurs keep dropping points

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    And it wouldn't be a Jose Mourinho news conference without at least one cryptic answer...

    Asked about Tottenham dropping 18 points this season from winning positions, he said: "I know why it happened and I know also that you can look at it in a different perspective. A team that starts matches well and starts winning matches means something positive, means something positive that you like to forget – the positive aspect of that.

    "But I agree with you in the sense that if you’re in winning positions and you lose points from winning positions, there are also negative things side by side to it."

    But if you add those points to your total it would propel you up the league, what are the reasons it keeps happening?

    "That’s what I’m not ready to discuss with you," he added. "I think it has to do with some of our qualities as a team but I’m not ready to discuss with you."When will you be ready? "Maybe never," Mourinho replied.

  4. 'It's not about taking young players to the next match'

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    This week Tottenham have had more academy players training with the first team than normal. Asked why, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho replied: "We did a training session in different groups and even on different pitches and we were trying to develop different qualities.

    "To do that, we separated our players into different groups and we needed some young players to help us in developing that training session. At the same time, it’s not just about using them to try to develop their qualities because every time they come to us it’s a very positive experience for them.

    "So the academy boss Dean [Rastrick] is always very, very open – he likes to help us, he knows that we also help him help the development of those players. It was good for us because they help us and good for them because we help them.

    "We have 20 players available out of 22, it’s not a question of injuries or not enough players or taking these young players to the next match. It’s not about that at all."

    Jose Mourinho
  5. I think Champions League race is still open - Mourinho

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Before we sign off, we'll bring you a few more comments from Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho earlier. Just a point separates seventh-placed Spurs and eighth-placed Everton, and on whether either will be out of the Champions League equation if they lose on Friday, he said: "We’re very close to each other but there are more clubs around us. There are some clubs with a few more points, some others with a few less, but with still more than 20 points [to play for], I think it’s still open.

    "Of course, it’s the kind of match where the winner gets the points and stops the loser from getting them. If you draw you stay more or less in the same position. So understandably I don’t think anything will be decided in there. But of course, if one of the two teams wins and gets an advantage, that can be important in the direct duel, not in relation to all the others that are around."

  6. 'We haven't been able to play as equals against the traditional top six'

    Leeds v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Leeds United

    Finally from Marcelo Bielsa, he was asked how long it will be until Leeds, who are currently 10th after winning their last three league games, can compete for a place in Europe.

    "If we guide ourselves from what's happened this season, from the results or performances, we can see against the traditional top six, only against Arsenal were we able to play against equals in the first half of the home game," he said. "The second half of that game [0-0 draw at home in November] we played with one man more.

    "In the game against Manchester United, we did not deserve a better result. Perhaps the margin should not have been so high, but they deserved their win, the same with Tottenham. The two Chelsea games were difficult especially the first. The draw against Chelsea we deserved, but in a game they dominated we did not deserve to win it.

    "The two games against Manchester City, at home the draw was fair and in the first half of this game [last Saturday] they were better than us and in the second we were a man down.

    "My conclusions are not the same as yours. We haven't been able to play as equals against the traditional top six. To anticipate when this will happen is not prudent. These types of things, more than announce them, you have to demonstrate them and up until now we haven't managed it."

  7. I like to watch Liverpool play - Bielsa

    Leeds v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Leeds United

    After getting the better of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last week, Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa now pits his wits against Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp.

    "I like to watch Liverpool play," he said. "They always play in the same manner. For me, that's big praise for a team. There's no player in their team not prepared to receive the ball and manage it anywhere.

    "They have a big offensive power, their full-backs are wingers, their wingers are centre-forwards, throughout moments in the game. Their midfielders on the inside attack out wide or on the inside in the same manner.

    "There's three players providing defensive balance with the two centre-backs and defensive midfielder. They're a team constantly producing good football. They spend a lot of time attacking and not so much defending. And like every team, they have ups and downs."

  8. If you compare this to Leeds' past, it's not so big - Bielsa

    Leeds v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Leeds United

    Marcelo Bielsa was also asked about a report he has agreed a new two-year deal as Leeds boss.

    "That information is not real, I ignore the origin," he said. "Those things, either the club can say or I can say it. We possess the information. In all cases, if there was any information to give, I would give it."

    On playing such a big part in Leeds' history, helping them back into the Premier League and potentially the club's first top-half finish in the top flight since 2001-02, the Argentine added: "I have always said the dimension of the institution at Leeds is very big.

    "The sporting past of Leeds is full of high points. To win four games in a row in the Premier League [if they win on Monday] compared to all the things Leeds has achieved, of course it would give us great happiness, but if you compare it to the past, it's not so big.

    "To be able to be at the height of the past, some extraordinary things need to be done and we are quite far away from that."

    Marcelo Bielsa
  9. The team passed lots of tests - Bielsa

    Leeds v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Leeds United

    Leeds won at Premier League leaders Manchester City last week despite having much less possession (and 10 men). They could well face the same scenario on Monday against last season's champions Liverpool.

    "The first half [against City], the part most convenient to analyse, we were balanced in the initial 15 minutes," said Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa. "We were dominated in the final 30 of the first half, but the sum of the first half was not positive.

    "The second half left some valuable things for the analysis. The team defended very well. The 10 players, the way they defended, deserves to be praised, in my opinion.

    "When we had the ball, we tried to play. We managed to create two situations of danger - the goals and Raphinha's one-on-one. It was not a lot, but it was valuable given the type of game we played.

    "The summary of the first half: they were superior, we were overcome. Second half: it was an exercise in character, conviction, personality and, for me, the team passed those tests."

  10. Every game is vital - Ancelotti

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Fri, 20:00 BST)


    Boss Carlo Ancelotti says that every game is vital for Everton. They haven't given up on a Champions League spot just yet as they go into Friday's game in eighth place, seven points behind fourth-placed West Ham.

    "All the eight games are vital," said the Italian. "We have to play against teams who are fighting with us for the position. The other games aren’t less important.

    "It will be an open game. They(Tottenham) need points and we need points. They could score but we could score also. It is unpredictable to say what could happen.

    "The absence of Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] is important but up front we have options. We have done well without him in some games."

  11. When Wrighty met Kalvin

    Leeds v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Football Focus

    Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has been chatting with Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips this week. And you can catch it on this week's Football Focus.

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  12. Gbamin out for the season

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Fri, 20:00 BST)


    Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are still on Everton's injury list - the latter has been ruled out for the season by his latest setback, a knee issue suffered ahead of Monday's 0-0 draw with Brighton.

    Manager Carlo Ancelotti said: "The plan for him (Gbamin) is to be back at the start of the new season. The news is that he doesn't need surgery but he has to stay out at least eight weeks and so this season will be finished for him."

    Ancelotti added that Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph and Bernard should all be available for next Friday's trip to Arsenal.

  13. Calvert-Lewin remains out but Pickford fit to return

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Fri, 20:00 BST)


    Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss Friday's game with Tottenham, Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.

    The England striker remains unavailable due to the abductor problem that kept him out of Monday's goalless draw at Brighton.

    Fellow England international Jordan Pickford, sidelined of late by an abdominal injury, is fit to return to action in the Spurs match, as are Allan, Andre Gomes and Josh King.

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin playing for England
  14. Spurs full-backs Doherty & Davies still out

    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur (Fri, 20:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham are still without Matt Doherty and Ben Davies for Friday's trip to Everton. Both full-backs have been missing since the international break but while Doherty is back in light training after a muscle injury, Davies is still some way from recovering from his ankle injury.

    "Matt Doherty did the warm-up with us," said Spurs boss Jose Mourinho. "He did the warm-up with the group and then went to sports science for individual work. So he's not ready for tomorrow, but he's coming.

    "Ben Davies is not even close to that. I would say that after 51 matches or so [this season], to arrive in this sort of situation with only two injured that we cannot complain because the work has been good and the squad as a whole is in a good situation."

  15. How to follow the FA Cup semi-finals live on the BBC

    BBC One

    Wembley Stadium is the setting for two all-Premier League FA Cup semi-finals which take place on Saturday and Sunday.

    Saturday's tie between Chelsea and Manchester City, which kicks-off at 17:30 BST without fans, is live on BBC One.

    The following day Leicester City take on Southampton (18:30) in front of 4,000 spectators as part of a pilot event to test the return of big crowds.

    A minute's silence will be observed before both matches in tribute to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April, at the age of 99. Black armbands will be worn in both semi-finals. The final is on 15 May at Wembley.

    Click here for full details of how you can follow those games on the BBC.

  16. Get Involved

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    SMS Message: I’m not sure if City can win the quadruple but I think their season hinges on 3 cup ties as the League is won. Spurs, PSG and Chelsea - no disrespect to Leicester but I don’t see them troubling City at Wembley and I suspect whoever wins out of PSG and City will win the Champions League. from DP, Sussex
    DP, Sussex

    Leicester face Southampton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, so let's not rule out the Saints reaching the final just yet.

  17. Uefa officials to meet over Champions League reform

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Key meetings involving Europe’s major clubs and Uefa officials will take place on Friday in an effort to reach agreement over Champions League reform from 2024.

    An expected announcement around a revised ‘Swiss-style’ tournament last month had to be shelved at short notice due to disagreements around governance issues and the future sale of media and sponsorship rights.

    Uefa subsequently said decisions about the competition would be made by its executive committee on 19 April.

    BBC Sport has been told Friday’s meetings are ‘critical’ and that while both sides are agreed changes to the Champions League format have to be made, there are still significant issues to be sorted out. There is optimism that a compromise can be reached.

    Questions have been raised about Uefa’s deadline given it will be three-and-a-half years before the changes are implemented. However, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin is keen to get the matter sorted amid the continued threat of a breakaway European Super League.

    The European Clubs’ Association, led by chairman Andrea Agnelli – the Juventus owner – will meet on Friday morning before their representatives, which also include Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano and Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, join a Uefa Clubs Committee meeting later in the day.

    It has already been generally accepted that a 36-team Champions League, in which every side will play 10 matches against different opponents, before a knockout phase that starts with two-legged play-offs, will be implemented.

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    SMS Message: Mourinho is nothing without Rui Faria, so if Mourinho stays at Spurs Kane should leave as we aren't getting better anytime so with the special ego in charge. from Aidan, Wales
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    It was suggested earlier that Manchester City should sell Raheem Sterling and use that money to buy Tottenham striker Harry Kane. We're due to hear from Spurs boss Jose Mourinho shortly.

  19. Why 'mesmeric' teenager Saka could be future Arsenal captain

    Slavia Prague v Arsenal (20:00 BST; Agg 1-1)

    Bukayo Saka

    When Bukayo Saka takes to the field later - fitness permitting - and attempts to play his part in steering Arsenal past Slavia Prague and into the Europa League semi-finals, he will not be short of support.

    In the corridors at Greenford High School in Ealing, Saka's legacy looms large. In pride of place on the wall in the reception area, there is a signed Arsenal shirt and a "thank you" letter written by the 19-year-old, whose status as one of English football's brightest prospects ensures he still dominates conversations for teachers and students alike.

    "Everyone was buzzing when he made the England squad," Mark Harvey, Saka's former PE teacher and assistant head at Greenford, tells BBC Sport.

    "The older students study his career, and whenever he does something, like score or create a goal, it is always being sent around the staff WhatsApp group," adds Dipesh Patel, Saka's school football coach. "The younger children can't quite believe he was a student here."

    Click here for more on Bukayo Saka's journey from Ealing to the England team.