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Ben Collins and Deepak Mahay

All times stated are UK

  1. Enjoy your weekend

    So that's your lot from today's FA Cup and Premier League news conferences. We'll be back later for live text commentary on the Premier League game between Everton and Tottenham from 18:45 BST.

    And don't forget that Saturday's FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be live on BBC One from 17:00, and before that Football Focus will preview both semi-finals on BBC Two at 12:00.

    Thanks for joining us. Now why not warm up for the weekend by having a look at this little lot...enjoy!

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    Video caption: Kalvin Phillips: Leeds United midfielder takes Ian Wright on tour of his football roots
  2. 'From the first day of next season we will hunt Man City'

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)


    Thomas Tuchel has not beaten Pep Guardiola as a coach and the Chelsea boss accepts that there is a gap between the two sides.

    "If you look at the fixtures in the last few years, we have to accept this," he said. "It’s important to accept this without making us too small, but from the first day of next season we will hunt them and try to close the gap between us.

    "This is the benchmark. For me, there are two teams in Europe - Bayern Munich and Manchester City. He [Guardiola] made it impossible for us to beat him at Mainz, and we had two draws at Dortmund.

    "For 90 minutes we are very self aware, self confident that we believe, truly believe, that we can close the gap for one game and this is the target for tomorrow.

    "[I expect] a physical match, a high-intensity match. We need to be brave, to play with courage and be adventurous. Hopefully we'll catch the moments where we can make them suffer.”

    Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel
  3. Chelsea will be without Christensen

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)


    Andreas Christensen will miss Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City on Saturday due to a muscle injury.

    The Denmark defender missed the midweek Champions League clash with Porto and has failed to recover in time for the Wembley showdown.

    N'Golo Kante is fit enough to start his second match in a week, with Mateo Kovacic still sidelined through hamstring trouble.

  4. It's a pleasure to fight Guardiola on this level - Tuchel

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)


    Chelsea face Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday and boss Thomas Tuchel has been speaking about the influence of City manager Pep Guardiola on his own career.

    “He's had a huge influence," he said. "When he was at Barcelona I did not know him personally. I watched almost every game, I was very impressed by the way they made success happen, the style they were playing with their academy guys, the offensive way, the ball possession.

    "I think the most impressive thing was the mentality, how they defended when they lost the ball, so I learnt a lot from watching the games and understanding the games - how adventurous, how brave you can approach this game - so it was a big, big lesson. At the time I was coaching in the academy at Mainz.

    "Almost every match was a lesson. Then later we had a chance to play against each other. It was not always a pleasure, but you arrive at a certain level and it is a pleasure to play against him and meet him and fight on this level."

  5. Aguero remains out for Man City

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Manchester City

    Manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Sergio Aguero will remain out for Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Saturday.

    Aguero, who is leaving the club at the end of the season, has been troubled by a muscular problem.

    Asked if the Argentine striker would be available for the Wembley game, Guardiola said at today's news conference: "No, not yet."

    Guardiola has no fresh injury concerns following his side's Champions League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund in midweek. "They are OK," he added. "Tired, but OK."

  6. Hopefully they'll make a better choice next time - Rodgers

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sun, 18:30 BST)

    Leicester City

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes James Maddison, Ayoze Perez and Hamza Choudhury can restore their reputations on the pitch.

    The trio are available for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Southampton after being dropped for last Sunday's 3-2 defeat at West Ham for breaching Covid-19 protocols.

    "These guys have made a great contribution for us, we are also in the position we are because of them," said Rodgers.

    "They made a mistake and in football there'll be a choice again, at some point in their careers, and hopefully they'll make a better choice. We always have to look forward and it's in the past. The best way they can do that as a player is by their actions on the field."

  7. No new injuries for the Saints

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sun, 18:30 BST)


    Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has said he has no fresh injury concerns to contend with for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Leicester at Wembley.

    On-loan Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino is cup-tied, and although striker Michael Obafemi has returned to training following a muscle injury that has ruled him out since January, he will not be ready for a return this weekend.

    “We still have two players out with Will Smallbone and Oriol Romeu, but the rest are training with us at the moment,” said Hasenhuttl.

  8. Massive game for the players - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Burnley (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United's Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Burnley's Charlie Taylor

    Finally from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the Manchester United boss adds that this game is massive for his players to continue their good form.

    “In each of the last three home games against Burnley we have conceded two goals and we have not won any of them," he said.

    "It is a massive game for the players. It's a massive game for them to show the mentality that they have shown over the last 13-14 months because I think the attitude has been spot on."

  9. 'Neto will come through & return stronger'

    Wolves v Sheff Utd (Sat, 20:15 BST)


    Pedro Neto

    Wolves forward Pedro Neto is out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury and the 21-year-old underwent surgery earlier this week.

    "He’s doing well, the surgery went well," Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has just said.

    "He’s positive and we are also positive about it. Pedro is a happy boy. He had a tough moment. But with the support of everyone here in the building, he’ll come through and return stronger."

  10. We'll never give up - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Burnley (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Juan Mata and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    It looks like the title is going to the blue side of Manchester but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that his side will not give up.

    "Of course we’ll never give up," he said "Man United will never, ever give up. This club has had too many setbacks and too many great comebacks to have it in our DNA.

    "Is it realistic? No, probably not. When you have a team that is so consistent as Manchester City have been, you don’t expect them to lose three games of the last six. As long as we do our job, we want to finish the season strong and go one game at a time."

  11. The importance of a game of this magnitude is clear - Rodgers

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sun, 18:30 BST)

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was asked whether his side will use last season's defeat by Aston Villa in the League Cup semi-finals as motivation for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Southampton.

    "That’s what failure brings, if you work the process well," he said. "The players have been able to respond and reach another semi-final. The learning from that will hopefully help us this weekend.

    "The importance of a game of this magnitude is clear. We want to arrive in the final, of course, but we can only do that by performing well.

    "I’m excited for the team and I’m looking forward to seeing us play and the occasion. We’ll be giving our best, we’re super motivated."

  12. Soyuncu can return for Foxes

    Leicester City v Southampton (Sun, 18:30 BST)

    Leicester City

    Caglar Soyuncu

    Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Caglar Soyuncu is available for Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Southampton.

    The 24-year-old defender missed last Sunday's defeat at West Ham after testing positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Turkey, but he has trained alongside his Leicester team-mates during the past week.

    "He’s absolutely fine," said Rodgers. "He’s looked terrific in training this week, so he’s available and ready to play.

    "Cengiz Under will be available," he added. "He’s trained with the squad this week, so that’s really good news.

    "Harvey Barnes is still a number of weeks away. We’re hoping in the next couple of weeks he can get out onto the field. He’s progressing really well, but he’s certainly not ready for this weekend."

  13. Man Utd in contract talks with Bailly - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Burnley (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Eric Bailly

    An update on the future of defender Eric Bailly now. The 27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Manchester United but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the club are in talks with him about a new contract.

    "Eric has been isolating back home in Ivory Coast," he said. "He is back here now. We hope he’ll be available for the weekend.

    "Hopefully he will train tomorrow (Saturday) and see how he feels. He had a test today and we need confirmation he’s still negative.

    "Eric has played well when he’s played. I know there has been speculation. We are talking to him about his contract. I don’t see any issues with him."

  14. Late decision on Rashford - Solskjaer

    Man Utd v Burnley (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    Marcus Rashford

    Now it's time to hear from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who gave an update on the fitness of Marcus Rashford before Sunday's visit of Burnley.

    "I’ve got to hope he’ll be available and not make it worse," he said. "That is the decision I have to make. Fingers crossed.

    "He wasn’t due to be on the bench [against Granada.] He didn’t train [Thursday]. But just in case he put his hand up and said, if needed, I can do a job.

    "It is a decision I have to make on Sunday morning. He is important for us. It is a difficult one. I have to go by how he feels in a couple of days."

  15. 'De Bruyne's in the best condition, I hope he can keep his level'

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Manchester City

    On star midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola added: "He is arriving in a good mood. Against Leicester after the international break he was outstanding. He didn’t play against Leeds, I tried to have everyone involved. In Dortmund he played well.

    "He is arriving ahead of the next six weeks in the best condition. He extended his contract, it is not just good for him, but his family and ourselves. Hopefully he can keep his level."

    Kevin de Bruyne,
  16. 'I knew from the beginning Tuchel would do a good job'

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Manchester City

    On former Borussia Dortmund and Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel's impact since taking over at Chelsea, Manchester City's Pep Guardiola said: "After he went to Dortmund, the way he wants to play is so quick. It is tough to take over a team during the season.

    "But he has a lot of experience being at a top club like PSG and now Chelsea. I knew from the beginning that he would do a good job.

    "Every manager plays the way they believe," added the City boss. "[Previous Chelsea boss] Frank Lampard did an incredible job. First season he couldn't sign players but he had an incredible run in the Champions League. I admire them both. Tomorrow I face Thomas, he knows how much I admire him. It will be a good battle."

  17. 'We'd love to reach FA Cup final - after that we focus on PSG'

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola celebrates with Phil Foden and Kyle Walker

    Wednesday's win in Dortmund ensured Manchester City reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in five seasons under Pep Guardiola, and they will now face Paris St-Germain in the last four.

    "Sometimes, when it is tough, and you need time and you spend a lot of years to get something, you give it more value," said the City boss. "That is why it is so nice. It is like life. Everything you get without effort is not nice. We know how difficult it was to reach the semi finals.

    "The important thing is fighting every year to be there. For the players in the past who could not do it, I am more than delighted for them to reach the semis.

    "Imagine playing this game after not qualifying for the Champions League semis, it would be much tougher," Guardiola added. "I would love to have more days to recover and prepare, but the schedule is the schedule. You handle the schedule.

    "We would love to reach the FA Cup final. After that we focus on Aston Villa [in the Premier League] and then PSG."

  18. 'Of course Foden & Sterling can play together'

    Chelsea v Manchester City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has now spoken with the media and was asked about whether Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling can play together as Sterling started on the bench for both legs of their Champions League quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund.

    "If you know the trajectory of the team with the selections, the answer is obvious," said Guardiola. "Of course they can play together. It is obvious.

    "Phil can play in five positions. Sterling can play in three positions. Everyone can play different positions. It depends on them."

  19. I fear the worst for Fulham now - Lawro

    Arsenal v Fulham (Sun, 13:30 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson's guest predictor this week is Soccer AM legend Tubes,a Chelsea fan who has been speaking to players to get their previously unheard stories around the FA Cup as part of his Lifting the Lid series with the Football Association.

    Lawro's prediction: 2-0. Fulham's survival hopes took another blow last weekend with their late defeat by Wolves. I fear the worst for them now.

    Scott Parker's side could have a lifeline because they play Newcastle on the final day, but that obviously won't do them any good if they are more than three points behind the Magpies by then and, at the moment, the gap is six.

    Arsenal are a very difficult side to predict, but they put in a real shift against Sheffield United and, if they all work like that again, they will win this one too.

    Tubes' prediction: I'd really like Scott Parker to stay up but that Wolves defeat has hurt them big time. 1-0.

  20. 'We'll show our quality and have a chance of getting a result'

    Arsenal v Fulham (Sun, 13:30 BST)


    Since winning at Liverpool in March, Fulham have lost their last four games. Last Friday's 1-0 home defeat by Wolves means they go into this weekend six points from safety, having played a game more than their relegation rivals.

    "It’s been a normal week, this group has resilience," said Fulham manager Scott Parker. "We'll bounce back and look forward to a London derby.

    "Arsenal are a fantastic team. They’re filled with extreme talent and they're on a good run. We'll go about our business, show our quality, and we’ll have a chance of getting a result.

    "We need to win some matches," he added. "Football changes quickly, that’s the brilliant world we’re in. Our main focus is to win this game."

    Scott Parker