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Mantej Mann

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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from us for now - thanks for joining our coverage!

    Until next time...

  2. 'We do not have to look at other grounds'

    Chelsea v Leicester (Tues, 20:15 BST)


    Alisson's late winner for Liverpool at West Brom heaped pressure on Chelsea in the race for the top four but manager Thomas Tuchel says his side still have control of their own destiny and "do not have to look at other grounds".

    “I came home in the afternoon and I checked on the television and saw 1-1," said Tuchel.

    "I was a bit superstitious and did not follow. I checked again in the 95th minute and it was still 1-1. Then one minute later I saw. I had to realise superstitions does not work all the time.

    "It was a fantastic header in the last minute that makes things interesting and tight. It's still in our hands.

    "The setback for us was the Arsenal game. We let the door open so Liverpool have a foot in the door. They're a strong team and it's what they do.

    "We make a huge effort to overtake them and this is what we did. We should be aware of the huge performance we've made so far but we need to finish the job.

    "We need to rely on ourselves because we are in the situation where we don't have to look at other grounds.”

  3. 'It hurt us'

    Chelsea v Leicester (Tues, 20:15 BST)


    Chelsea will be looking to avenge the "hurt" from their FA Cup final defeat when they host Leicester on Tuesday.

    "It hurt us because once you reach a final you want to win," said Tuchel.

    "We were so close and overcame a huge opponent [Man City] in the semi-final. We had the feeling we deserved to be in the final and after the match we had the feeling we deserved to win.

    "So we were hurt. We were disappointed about the result but not too disappointed about our performance.”

    Thomas Tuchel
  4. 'Crucial'

    Chelsea v Leicester (Tues, 20:15 BST)


    With fans expected to return to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel says their influence could be "crucial" for his side.

    "In some matches in which we've struggled with momentum, I've had the feeling that supporters could help and be crucial to our team," said Tuchel.

    "Having the fans back will be fantastic and I hope they come in the right moment to secure a last win at Stamford Bridge this season."

  5. Tuchel up next...

    Chelsea v Leicester (Tues, 20:15 BST)

    Time to hear from Manchester City's opponents in the Champions League final now.

    Chelsea have lost their last two games, including defeat in the FA Cup final against Leicester.

    The Blues face the Foxes again on Tuesday, knowing only victory will be enough to keep qualification for next season's Champions League in their own hands.

  6. Pep fends off Champions League questions

    Brighton v Man City (Tues, 19:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    The problem for Pep Guardiola is that with the Premier League won, the major focus around Manchester City at the moment is the Champions League final with Chelsea on 29 May.

    Guardiola has spent a considerable amount of his City tenure playing the importance of the tournament down, even though it is obvious it is of huge significance to owner Sheikh Mansour.

    It is no surprise therefore that Guardiola spent a lot of time today saying beating Brighton tomorrow is the best preparation for the Chelsea game.

    After tomorrow, it will be the same with Sunday's game against Everton.

    After that, there will be no hiding from the scale of City's first appearance in the biggest club game in the world.

  7. 'Absolutely talented'

    Brighton v Man City (Tues, 19:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Ferran Torres scored a hat-trick in the win over Newcastle and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the forward's impressive opening goal was an "absolutely talented action".

    "The goal was so nice," said Guardiola.

    "An absolutely talented action. In training he already has the ability and he is a good finisher. He has pace, quality and good decision-making.

    "There are three games left. After we finish. We used him in that position because for a long period of the season Gabriel [Jesus] and Sergio [Aguero] were injured.

    "Some games we need a proper striker and we’ve used him and he’s done really well. He’s a winger, of course, but an alternative. [Phil] Foden can play wing and striker as well. [Joao] Cancelo can play both sides and the middle. We have players in different positions and Ferran is one of them."

  8. 'I'm only concerned with us'

    Brighton v Man City (Tues, 19:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Chelsea need to win their final two league games to ensure qualification for next season's Champions League, while Manchester City have already secured the title.

    But Pep Guardiola says his side will not be ready for the Champions League final if they do not prepare well to face Brighton on Tuesday.

    "I’m only concerned about what we have to do," said Guardiola.

    "To prepare as best as possible. We’ll have six days to focus on the final after Everton. Now it is Brighton. You work to prepare for the final as good as possible.

    "We won’t be ready [for the final] if we don’t prepare for Brighton. I didn’t speak one second about Chelsea. Tomorrow we’ll play to win again and this is the best way to arrive to the final. In the six days, we’ll be more focused on Chelsea."

  9. 'Everyone is focussed'

    Brighton v Man City (Tues, 19:00 BST)

    Manchester City

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says the Premier League and Carabao Cup champions remain "focussed" on finishing the season well against Chelsea in the Champions League final.

    "The mood is really good," said Guardiola. They’ve been training really well and everyone is focused.

    "People know they have to maintain their rhythm to play the [Champions League] final in the best condition as possible. The day off people relax and then we focus in training."

  10. De Bruyne returns to training

    Brighton v Man City (Tues, 19:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed Kevin de Bruyne has returned to training after his recent injury scare.

    De Bruyne has been struggling with a thigh problem and missed City’s Premier League games against Chelsea and Newcastle.

    However, with less than two weeks before City play Chelsea in the Champions League final, the Belgian international is making positive progress in his recovery.

    “Kevin has trained in the last two days and is feeling good,” said Guardiola, speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Brighton on Tuesday.

    “Everyone knows Kevin is important but we will see his level over the next few days.”

  11. Pep incoming...

    Brighton v Man City (Tues, 19:00 BST)

    Heading across town to hear from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola now.

    The champions travel to Brighton for their penultimate game of the season on Tuesday...

  12. 'We are all human beings'

    Man Utd v Fulham (Tues, 18:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    More now on fans returning to Old Trafford for the first time since the club's win over Manchester City on 8 March 2020...

    "I think the mood in any club and the relationship between the team and the fans is vital to what happens on the pitch," said Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    "The players are all human beings, we’re all human beings, and we will react to getting our supporters back in a positive way.

    "They have always given us extra energy and hopefully the players will give the fans a reason to cheer and that’s what we have to focus on.

    "It’s a big game for us in that respect. The last time we had fans in was against Man City.

    "It was a great game and the best atmosphere I’ve ever felt at Old Trafford in a league game, so the next time we welcome the fans back in we need to make sure it’s a positive one."

  13. 'We've been waiting a long, long time'

    Man Utd v Fulham (Tues, 18:00 BST)

    Manchester United

    With up to 10,000 fans expected at Old Trafford for the game against Fulham, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the club have been "waiting for a long long time" for supporters to return.

    "We’ve been waiting for a long, long time to welcome the fans back," said Solskjaer.

    "Of course with the last couple of home games, especially the Liverpool ones and the protests, it's never nice to see a club that is not united with the fans and the team.

    "So we’re hoping that Tuesday is going to be a positive day and that we move together and play a good game of football.

    "That’s my job to prepare the team to play well and that they enjoy the day because that’s important that we get back and enjoy being together."

  14. 'A player that wants to help us'

    Man Utd v Fulham (Tues, 18:00 BST)


    Fulham teenager Fabio Carvalho scored on his full Premier League debut against Southampton on Saturday and manager Scott Parker says the 18-year-old "wants to help" the club.

    Meanwhile, Tom Cairney and Antonee Robinson will miss the trip to Old Trafford.

    "Fab has gone from a young player training with the first team to a player that wants to help us," said Parker.

    "His overall performance was very good.

    "TC [Cairney] won't be available this season. It's probably a bit early for Jedi [Robinson] to come back. Everyone else is fine."

  15. 'We are ecstatic'

    Man Utd v Fulham (Tues, 18:00 BST)


    Fulham only have two games remaining in the Premier League before dropping down into the second tier next season, but manager Scott Parker says he is "ecstatic" fans can return before the end of the campaign.

    "We're ecstatic with fans entering the stadiums," said Parker.

    "We’ve all missed the atmosphere, and we briefly experienced it at home against Liverpool."

  16. Former players launch petition calling for independent regulator in English football

    Now then, moving away from news conferences briefly...

    Several former footballers have launched a parliamentary petition calling for an independent regulator in English football.

    Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker are among 23 ex-players and journalists to undersign an open letter to fans.

    They say April's European Super League attempted breakaway demonstrates the need to reform the game's governance.

    The petition was signed by more than 20,000 people in its first hour.

    For it to be considered for a parliamentary debate, 100,000 signatures are required.

    Read more here.

    Rio et al.
  17. Benrahma finally off the mark at West Ham

    West Brom v West Ham (Wed, 20:15 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Said Benrahma has finally had something to celebrate at West Ham.

    In an overwhelmingly positive season at the London Stadium, David Moyes' use of Benrahma has been questioned.

    The Hammers paid £25m to turn their loan deal for the Algerian into a permanent transfer in January but Benrahma has been used as a substitute more often than he has started in the Premier League.

    He came on at Brighton on Saturday evening before scoring his first goal - in his 28th appearance.

    "Everyone was waiting for this goal, especially me, my family and the fans. I’m pleased and I hope it’s the first of many," he said.

    "I’m trying to play a key role. I hope that’ll pay off."

    West Ham still have a - remote - chance of a top four spot but need four points from their final two games to secure a return to European football.

  18. Solskjaer's final dream

    Man Utd v Fulham (Tues, 18:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United still have two Premier League games to play but with a place in next season's Champions League already secure, their major focus is on the Europa League final with Villarreal in Gdansk on 26 May.

    As someone steeped in United history, it promises to be an emotional occasion for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    "Manchester United has meant a lot to me throughout my life and to be able to lead the team out will be a proud moment," he said.

    "It’s going to be great to see the players we’ve worked together with for two and a half years take a step into the final.

    "To get there is one thing. But when you get to it, you need to win it. You don’t get a prize for attending."

  19. Solskjaer will give Maguire as long as it takes

    Man Utd v Fulham (Tues, 18:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already ruled skipper Harry Maguire out of his side's final two games of the season.

    But he will give Maguire as long as it takes to recover from his ankle injury before he makes a call on the defender's availability for the Europa League final on 26 May.

    United have looked a shambles at the back - and lost both games - since Maguire suffered his injury at Aston Villa on 9 May.

    "We’ve known it all along but maybe some people open their eyes more when he’s not playing," said Solskjaer.

    "Harry is our leader and our captain. We’re consciously taking the route of not testing him out too early because we don’t want to aggravate something.

    "Harry wants this so much. The day after it happened we were all done but we decided to focus, be positive and think he's going to make it until we have to say no."

  20. McTominay's Old Trafford hope

    Man Utd v Fulham (Tues, 18:00BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United play their first game in front of fans at Old Trafford tomorrow, when relegated Fulham are the visitors.

    The prospect of 10,000 fans brings with it the likelihood of more protests against the Glazer family but as the last played to score in front of fans at Old Trafford - a last minute second goal in a 2-0 with against Manchester City on 8 March 2020 - United midfielder Scott McTominay cannot wait to experience the buzz of a crowd again.

    “Get the fans back in," he said. "We're desperate for that feeling of adrenaline from all the people inside the stadium, to see everybody smiling and back enjoying their football again, because obviously the last year's been so difficult," said the Scotland international.

    "Just because we're doing what we love and we can do that, it doesn't mean that we're (not here) for everybody else.

    "We feel that emotion and want everyone there."