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  1. Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)
  2. No pressure on Liverpool - Klopp
  3. Chelsea & Tottenham charged for 'failing to control players'
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By Phil Dawkes and Richard Winton

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That is all from Sportsday for today. Our live text of Real Madrid v Manchester City in the Champions League will be starting shortly so don't go too far.

Sportsday will return tomorrow at 08:00 BST.

A week for record breakers

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

If Leicester City can defy the odds, then Manchester City surely can right? 

Three games against Real Madrid, two draws and one defeat. In fact, in competitive matches they have only beaten Spanish opposition twice on foreign soil (having played seven matches over there).

Roberto Mancini
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No Heretic wins Chester Cup

Horse Racing

No Heretic has beaten Nakeeta in a photo finish to win the Chester Cup in his first Flat race for 972 days.

Jockey Jamie Spencer got the 11-1 chance up to win by a short head for trainer Nicky Henderson.

Henderson is more used to training horses over the jumps and No Heretic had his first run since September 2013 when third in a hurdle race last month.

Played for both

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

Steve McManaman, Emmanuel Adebayor, Javi Garcia, Robinho and Nicolas Anelka
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Plenty of connections between the two sides: Steve McManaman transferred from Real Madrid to Manchester City in 2003, whilst Emmanuel Adebayor went the other way in 2011 on loan. Javi Garcia went from Spain to England via Benfica and Robinho was City's first big signing under Sheikh Mansour in 2008 costing the Blues £32.5m from the Spanish giants. Finally, Nicolas Anelka won the 1999/00 Champions League with Real Madrid, before a move to PSG and later Manchester City in 2002. 

And let's not forget, City's manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has also managed Real Madrid. 

'Khan a superstar if he beats Alvarez'

Boxing

BBC Radio 5 Live

Oscar de la Hoya believes Amir Khan will become a boxing great if he beats Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez after moving up two weight divisions.

Khan faces Mexican WBC middleweight champion Alvarez in Las Vegas on Saturday and De La Hoya, a former 10-time world champion, says going up in weight classes is something the Briton needs to do in order to "make a name for himself".

Like a pro...

Golf

Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay is getting to grips with fatherhood... 

Pressure is not 4 ft downhill left 2 right it's forgetting how 2 collapse a pram first time on the bus Q behind getting the "rookie" stare 😳

We understand Europe now - Fernandinho

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

Fernandinho
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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is in the Manchester Evening News explaining how the team have adapted to the Champions League this season:

“I think this year the whole team has understood how to play in the Champions League. And that was important, especially in the matches we played away from home at Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach, and against Dynamo Kiev and Paris Saint Germain.

“It was about having a more cohesive team, a more compact team that doesn’t give the opponent as many goalscoring opportunities.

“And in attack we have some quality players who showed their strength and quality in those matches, so you can see the difference from the last two years to this year."

Pellegrini hopes Aguero will fire

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

Sergio Aguero
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Manuel Pellegrini is anticipating a big performance from Sergio Aguero, after the striker endured a frustrating night in the opening leg:

“I always say that the big games are decided by the best technical players. I hope tomorrow we will see Sergio in a good performance.”  

The Argentina international was rested for Manchester City's 4-1 defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

'Leicester can repeat success next season'

Football

BBC Radio 5 Live

Former Leicester City defender Steve Walsh believes the club can be successful next season with the right investment
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BBC Wales Sport

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Tom Latham share a second century stand of the match as Kent beat Glamorgan by 10 wickets.

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On this day

Football

Peter Shilton
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In 1966, Peter Shilton made his Football League debut, playing for Leicester against Everton. The goalkeeper went on to play in a record 1,005 league games and won a record 125 England caps. 

He didn't always have that haircut.

Alvarez is 'daunting task' for Khan

Boxing

Amir Khan
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Will Perry is joined by Mike Costello and Steve Bunce to preview Amir Khan's upcoming fight with Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.

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The rise of Khan

Boxing

BBC Three

Amir Khan will fight for the WBC middleweight world title in Las Vegas on Saturday, with one of the most exciting stars of the fight game - Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez - his opponent. 

Khan is very much the underdog but he’s a man who believes in himself, as he tells Mike Costello in this intimate documentary...

Tottenham and Chelsea charged

Football

Also, Spurs' Mousa Dembele has been charged for "an alleged act of violent conduct" on Diego Costa (an alleged eye gouge) which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

On this, the FA statement reads: "It is alleged the player’s behaviour constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient."

The clubs have until 6pm on Monday 9 May to respond to their charges. Dembele has until 6pm on Thursday 5 May.

BreakingTottenham and Chelsea charged

Football

Chelsea and Tottenham players
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News from the Football Association...

Tottenham and Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players during Monday's 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The FA say this comes as a result of "incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game".

The standard fine for such a rules breach is £20,000.

Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Villarreal (Thurs, 20:05 BST)

Jurgen Klopp
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Jurgen Klopp has also had a playful little nibble at Pep Guardiola after his Bayern Munich team lost to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals. It was the third time a Guardiola team has gone out in the last four to a side from Spain.

"I never lost against a Spanish team in a semi-final," said Klopp with a grin. "Spanish football as a package is quite impressive. They are clever enough, dirty enough. Experienced, that is how they are.

"I know how difficult it is but I feel more the chance than I am afraid of something - so let's try."

Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Villarreal (Thur, 20:05 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

Couple of team news snippets from Jurgen Klopp...

Midfielder Emre Can "is ready to return to the squad for sure" and what of striker Daniel Sturridge? Will he start? "I was waiting for this question. He could be, 100%, but I've made no decision."

That's cleared that up, then.

Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Villarreal (Thur, 20:05 BST)

Jurgen Klopp
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Jurgen Klopp began his portion of the news conference with praise for champions Leicester City, before moving on to matters closer to home...

"Congratulations to Leicester from bottom of my heart," said the German. "Even if you're not fan everyone thinks it's deserved."

He added: "If we play our best we then we can go to the final. These players gave me a lot of positive signs about their qualities.

"We are ready. All we did since October was to be perfectly prepared for a game like this tomorrow. We are not expecting a guarantee to go to the final. We are expecting everything and see what we get for it.

"It is a moment for whole Liverpool world. Everyone will be involved but there is absolutely no pressure. We will do everything for all of us."

Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Villarreal (Thur, 20:05 BST)

Dejan Lovren
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Liverpool host Villarreal in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday, with the Spanish side leading 1-0. 

Reds defender Dejan Lovren and manager Jurgen Klopp have been speaking to reporters. Here is the former...

"The fans are expecting a massive game but we have to be smarter than last time [they conceded the only goal of the tie so far in injury time of the first leg]. If you want to win you have to score but we have to be clever. We have to believe in ourselves. If we do that I think we can go to final."

Focus on Defoe

Football

A little heads up about what to expect on Football Focus this Saturday...

Candid, chilled out chat with @IAmJermainDefoe at @SunderlandAFC Football Focus 📺 @BBCOne ⚽️ 12:10 #bbcfootball
Candid, chilled out chat with @IAmJermainDefoe at @SunderlandAFC Football Focus 📺 @BBCOne ⚽️ 12:10 #bbcfootball
Candid, chilled out chat with @IAmJermainDefoe at @SunderlandAFC Football Focus 📺 @BBCOne ⚽️ 12:10 #bbcfootball
Candid, chilled out chat with @IAmJermainDefoe at @SunderlandAFC Football Focus 📺 @BBCOne ⚽️ 12:10 #bbcfootball

Candid, chilled out chat with @IAmJermainDefoe at @SunderlandAFC Football Focus 📺 @BBCOne ⚽️ 12:10 #bbcfootball

What difference does Ronaldo make?

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

The Independent have statistics which show just how much difference it makes to Real Madrid to have Cristiano Ronaldo playing tonight.

Ronaldo has played 73 matches out of a possible 80 for Real Madrid in the Champions League and the team's win percentage is 73% with him in the team, as opposed to 43% without him. 

Since joining Real Madrid, his 78 goals in those 73 matches (1.06 goals per game) would be the best ratio in European history. Ronaldo has 47 goals and 19 assists in 44 matches this season.  

Cristiano Ronaldo
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On the ball...

Football

When Leicester signed N'Golo Kante last summer, he only got second billing to Yohan Benalouane in BBC Sport's news story.

Aye, sorry about that...

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History lesson

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a late winner against Manchester City
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Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolorov put City 1-0 and 2-1 up at the Bernabeu in the group stages back in 2012. Karim Benzema levelled at 2-2 for the hosts with three minutes remaining, before a last-minute Cristiano Ronaldo goal saw City leave Spain with no points. 

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Team news

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is fit but fellow forward Karim Benzema could only do running work on Monday and is still a doubt with a hamstring problem.

City midfielder Yaya Toure trained on Tuesday, having missed the past two games with a thigh injury. Forward David Silva (hamstring) and defender Pablo Zabaleta (calf) were also absent, with the Argentina international expected to be out for three weeks. 

Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Villarreal (20:05 BST)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool
BBC Sport

Feeling the heat inside the indoor/outdoor barn at Melwood ahead of Liverpool's Europa League news conference with Jurgen Klopp and Dejan Lovren. It's definitely warm.

We'll be hearing what they have to say some time after 15:00 BST...

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The Gallant Pioneer: I bet £5 on Scotland at 80/1 to win the last ever 5 Nations Rugby in 1999 I'll love Neil Jenkins and Wales forever.

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Safe standing at Celtic

Football

Celtic have apparently confirmed that they will convert a section of Parkhead to safe standing for next season.

The Scottish Premiership club were granted permission to introduce the scheme last summer and it was projected at that stage that the rail seating area would accommodate up to 2,600 fans.

This graphic appeared in their season-ticket renewal literature...

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Chinese clubs fail

Football

Ramirez
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It seems to be the theme of today's Sportsday - money and what it can buy.

Well, things haven't exactly gone to plan for recent big-spending Chinese clubs.

Jiangsu Sainty, who spent £53m on Ramirez and Alex Teixeira have been knocked out of the Asian Champions League at the group stage, following defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande, who spent £31m on Jackson Martinez. Guangzhou were knocked out last month.

China still have two teams in the last 16: Shanghai SIPG and Shandong Luneng.

When stupidity pays off...

Football

Firemen
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Two firefighters who mistakenly backed Leicester City to win the Premier League have won £20,000.

Jordan Wright, from Essex, thought he had placed a £5 bet on the Foxes to triumph in their opening game of the season against Sunderland at odds of 2,000/1. He roped in friend Mitchell Baldock to do the same, neither realising it related to the team winning the league. 

Makes you sick, doesn't it?

We will attack - Pellegrini

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

Manuel Pellegrini
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The Manchester Evening News have Manuel Pellegrini stating his intention to attack Real Madrid.

The best way to reach the final is to play the way we know," the manager said. "We tried in Manchester but it was not a good day for creative players. We will try to attack.”

On this day

Snooker

John Higgins
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In 2009, John Higgins won the World Championship for the third time, defeating Shaun Murphy 18-9 at the Crucible. 

Toulon draw made

Football

England Under-21s will face Portugal, Guinea, Paraguay and Japan at the Toulon Tournament in southern France later this month.

Something for the kids...

Football

Tuesday = a new issue of @MOTDmag! Parents of young footy fans, you know what to do... #bbcfootball

Tuesday = a new issue of @MOTDmag! Parents of young footy fans, you know what to do... #bbcfootball

Is it just me whose eyes throb looking at that?

City in Madrid

Real Madrid v Manchester City (19:45 BST)

Man City players
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The nerves are probably just starting to kick in for Manchester City fans now as we near the second leg of their Champions League encounter with Real Madrid.

The scoreline currently stands at 0-0, which is either a positive or a negative depending on how you view City's capabilities of scoring at the Bernabeu.

We'll have live text commentary and Radio 5 live coverage of the game and will be building up to the game right here on Sportsday until we knock off at 17:00 BST.