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Live Reporting

Ben Collins and Deepak Mahay

All times stated are UK

  1. See you later

    Thanks for joining us for reaction to Chelsea's memorable win over Real Madrid on Wednesday. We'll be back later for live text commentary on the second leg of the Europa League semi-finals, from 18:45 BST, as Manchester United and Arsenal aim to make it another all-English final after Chelsea ensured they'll face Manchester City in the Champions League showpiece.

    Until then, we'll leave you with some of today's top content:

  2. Fantasy football: Don't be dazzled by Man Utd's fixture pile-up

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 Live commentator

    On the face of it, three matches for Manchester United in gameweek 35 seems like a gift from the fantasy football gods and just reward for all those managers whose plans were wrecked by the postponement of the game against Liverpool at Old Trafford last Sunday - but I'm not popping open the champagne just yet.

    If you have your Triple Captain chip still to play then it might be wise to stick that on Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood, but are any of the key assets really going to play in all three matches with just 50 hours between the two home games next week against Leicester and Liverpool, and Champions League football for next season all but secured?

    That's why I'm thinking of going into gameweek 35 with just two United players in Luke Shaw and Fernandes and resisting the temptation to bring in Greenwood as well.

    Click here for more of Alistair's latest fantasy football tips.

  3. 'We're on fire' - Rice loving West Ham's European push

    West Ham v Everton (Sun, 16:30 BST)

    BBC Three

    West Ham's Declan Rice met up with MOTDx's Michael Timbs at his old football pitch in Kingston, London, to discuss West Ham's pursuit of Champions League football.

    You can watch MOTDx from BBC Three, available later from 18:00 BST on BBC iPlayer

    Video content

    Video caption: MOTDx: Declan Rice says West Ham are "on fire" in Champions League quest
  4. Get Involved - Should European finals be moved?

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    ZiyechelseaF1: It would make sense for the final to be in London, don’t send teams to the other side of Europe unnecessarily, and then we can have fans in the ground without risking fan travel! Yes it’s annoying for Istanbul but the rewards of a full capacity final next year is huge!

  5. Ings & Bertrand remain out for Saints

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sat, 20:15 BST)

    Southampton

    Over to Ralph Hasenhuttl now, and the Southampton manager has confirmed that striker Danny Ings and left-back Ryan Bertrand remain out for Saturday's trip to Anfield.

    However, there was good news surrounding the return of Oriol Romeu and defender Jannik Vestergaard will be available as the red card he received in last Friday's 1-1 draw with Leicester has been rescinded.

    "We have Ingsy still not available, still with some problems," said Hasenhuttl. "Hopefully we find him back next week. Bertrand is out still, with a calf injury. Ori can maybe start with the team next week, he has a last scan to go but it looks OK.

    "We have a game against [Crystal] Palace on Tuesday, so maybe we have a look [on Ings]. It's good that we have as many players as possible fit."

    On the successful appeal against Vestergaard's dismissal, Hasenhuttl added: "It's very disappointing because it's the second time this season. In both cases it has affected our game a lot. It's why we have the VAR. It's simply not a good job done, to be honest."

  6. We've got to turn Monday into a win - Dyche

    Fulham v Burnley (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Burnley

    Burnley have won just one of their last five games, losing the other four. Third-bottom Fulham trail the Clarets by nine points so time is running out for Scott Parker's men to avoid dropping straight back down to the Championship.

    Finally from Sean Dyche, the Burnley boss said: "Fulham have had a topsy-turvy season which is often the story of a Premier League season. We want to take on the form we've got to turn Monday into a win."

  7. 'The mentality is to win every game but it’s just not that easy'

    Fulham v Burnley (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Burnley

    Burnley sit 16th in the Premier League table, nine points clear of the relegation zone with just four games left, but boss Sean Dyche is focused on securing a sixth straight season in the top flight as soon as possible.

    "We’ve shown a strong mentality for a number of years," he said. "I always say the next one is the most important. We have four games to go and we focus on the next one.

    "The mentality is to win every game, regardless of league position. We always go out with the intention of winning, but it’s just not that easy. You’re playing against very good sides, that’s why they’re in the Premier League."

    Sean Dyche
  8. Chelsea & Man City have 'shown their strengths in getting there'

    Fulham v Burnley (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Burnley

    On Chelsea and Manchester City getting to the Champions League final and it being an all-English final, Burnley boss Sean Dyche added: "I’ve never doubted the strength of the Premier League amongst European competition.

    "Sometimes the wind blows the right way and performances are right and you win games. It’s been an odd kind of year for all competitions but it's fair to say two very, very strong sides have got there. They've shown their strengths in getting there amongst all these challenges."

  9. 'Football has done really well in lockdown, across all levels'

    Fulham v Burnley (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Burnley

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche also had his say on fans returning to stadiums.

    "It can only be good and is a sign that all of our lives are returning to normal," he said. "I think football has done really well across all levels.

    "The TV companies, the media companies, have tried to expose as much as they can of football with the coverage. It still misses the fans.

    "The good, the bads and the indifferents, even the harsh side that does exist - it all adds to the fervour of the people's games. It adds to the feel of football. A lot of players do respond to that and when it's not there it does become difficult for some of them.

    "To see football fans and a crowd in my world and everyone’s would be a good sign of things getting back to normal."

  10. Wood set to be fit for the Clarets

    Fulham v Burnley (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Burnley

    Sean Dyche

    Time to hear from Burnley manager Sean Dyche now. He's confirmed that striker Chris Wood is fit after being forced off in Monday's 2-1 home defeat by West Ham, however, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long remain sidelined.

    Dale Stephens is carrying a knock but is expected to be fit.

    "Dale got a knock but he's trained today - so far so good," said Dyche. "Woody has come through from a 'dead leg'."

  11. Oxford's Mousinho voted as new PFA chair

    John Mousinho

    Today there's also been an update from the Professional Footballers' Association... in one of the first major decisions made by the newly-formed PFA Players' Board, Oxford United defender John Mousinho has been selected as the new PFA chair, with former Coventry winger Peter Vincenti chosen as vice-chair.

    Both Mousinho and Vincenti were members of the previous management committee, who had overseen a transitional period for the organisation over the last year.

    During the last 12 months, the PFA has implemented new governance and operational bodies. This structure includes the Players' Board, a new chief executive, four non-executive directors and an operational board.

    "It is an honour to represent our members as elected chair of the Players’ Board, and I look forward to continuing the organisation's vital work," said Mousinho. "We have a diverse, experienced and knowledgeable Players' Board who are perfectly positioned to take the union forward."

  12. Get Involved - Should European finals be moved?

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    Jchris smith: I think it makes sense holding the final in England. Push Istanbul back a year again. During a pandemic it makes sense not to travel and Istanbul would reap far more benefits if the final had fans, which hopefully next year we can have.

  13. Four players to miss Scottish Cup semi-final after Covid-19 tests

    Some news from Scotland now, as four St Johnstone players will miss Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final with St Mirren after two members of the squad tested positive for Covid-19.

    The club say the two players advised to isolate tested negative and the latest round of tests were all negative.

    Callum Davidson's side are bidding for a cup double after winning the League Cup in February.

    "It's very unfortunate for four of our players to miss out on the important game on Sunday," read a club statement.

    "However, we wish all of them well and their health and wellbeing will always be our priority. We will keep our supporters updated if we need to share further information."

  14. Get Involved - Should European finals be moved?

    #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only)

    SMS Message: A reminder to all that we’re about to have a European Championship spread across multiple countries. If the finals were moved for the European cups it would be an admission by Uefa that the Euros shouldn’t be played as they currently are either. It would also set a precedent for future cups. Imagine the all-German CL final held at Wembley a few years back being moved to Germany, there would have been uproar! from Josh, Sheffield
    Josh, Sheffield
  15. Gossip - Nigeria striker Onuachu targets Arsenal move

    Gossip

    Genk's in-demand Nigeria striker Paul Onuachu, 26, is keen to make a move to the Premier League with Arsenal. (Voetbal Belgie - in Dutch)

    Meanwhile, the Express reports that Julian Nagelsmann wants to sign Inter Milan and Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi, previously identified as a key target for Arsenal, when he takes charge at Bayern Munich this summer.

    Read more on today's gossip page.

  16. Aubameyang lost four kilos and was 'really down' after malaria

    Arsenal

    Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he lost four kilos in weight and was "really, really down" after contracting malaria while on international duty with Gabon in March.

    Aubameyang, 31, made his return as a substitute in the Europa League semi-final first-leg defeat by Villarreal last week.

    "This was the worst moment of being sick in my life because it was really hard," he said. "I was feeling very, very bad."

    The forward, who scored in Gabon's 3-0 win over DR Congo in Africa Cup of Nations qualification on 25 March, said he began to feel unwell during Arsenal's home loss to Liverpool on 3 April.

    "As you know, going to Gabon is not so close to here," he said. "I felt just a bit tired, especially against Liverpool, but I thought it was just because of the travel.

    "I had three days in a row, fever, all day and all night, non-stop. Even the paracetamol and stuff had no effects on this. After that, I spoke to the doctor.

    "I said I needed to go to the hospital because I had travelled to Africa so maybe it was something like malaria.

    "I stayed in hospital for three days. I was really, really down and I think I lost four kilos. It was a really bad moment and I think my family was a bit scared to see me like this."

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scores against Newcastle
  17. 'Big step forward' if Arsenal make final - Arteta

    Arsenal v Villarreal (20:00 BST; Agg 1-2)

    Arsenal

    Mikel Arteta says Arsenal will take the "biggest step forward" if they reach the Europa League final by overcoming Villarreal in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Thursday.

    Villarreal won the first leg 2-1 in Spain a week ago, but Nicolas Pepe's second-half penalty handed Arteta's side a crucial away goal.

    "It's a big moment," the Spaniard said. "Not for me but for the club, for everything that has happened in the last two years, in the last months."

    Arsenal reached the Europa League final in 2019 under current Villarreal boss Unai Emery, but were beaten 4-1 in Baku by Premier League rivals Chelsea.

    "I think it will be really important and our biggest step forward if we are able to be in that final and have the opportunity to win that trophy." Arteta added.

    Mikel Arteta