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By Andrew Mullen, Darryl Hammond and Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

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  1. 'I am alive' - 12 minutes with Mourinho

    Football

    Has Jose just pulled a Jose? Today should have been about Liverpool against Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Or at the very least more reaction to United's defeat by Sevilla.

    Instead, a 12-minute defence of his record in the Champions League will grab the headlines.

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone described it as one of the "moment's in a football journalist's career that will live with them forever."

    Mourinho was prepared with notes. He was calm. He came in to the press conference with a purpose. And he delivered.

    When someone opens with the words "I am alive" you might want to stick around.

    Jose Mourinho
  2. Klopp's derby day restraint outdone by Mourinho

    Football

    Liverpool

    On a normal news day, Jurgen Klopp's reaction to the decision to move the Merseyside derby forward a day would have won 'rant of the day' honours. That was until his Manchester United counterpart intervened.

    Klopp did his best to be "politically correct" about the decision to move their Premier League meeting with Everton forward to 12:30 on the Saturday in between the Champions League quarter-final legs with Manchester City, but he was still not happy.

    “I know countries where they cancel whole match days so teams can be in the best shape. It is not perfect. We take it like it is but if I cannot be angry about something like that anymore and have to be politically correct and say nothing then I am dead because that doesn’t work.”

    Jurgen Klopp
  3. Home comforts for Liverpool and Man City in Champions League

    Football

    Manchester City will face Liverpool in one of the biggest ties from the Champions League quarter final draw. The two are the only English representation left in the competition, guaranteeing one semi-finalist.

    The first and second legs will be played on April 4 at Anfield and April 10 at the Eithad respectively.

    “We are for sure not the favourites in this round," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. "But in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites – maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona – but thank God it’s football and nothing is decided.

    Elsewhere the other Spanish and Italian sides in the draw were able to dodge each other, but Real Madrid’s visit to Juventus will see a repeat of last year’s final.

    Champions League Draw:

    Barcelona vs. Roma

    Sevilla vs. Bayern

    Juventus vs. Real Madrid

    Liverpool vs. Man City

    Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola
    John Bennett tweet
  4. Arsenal's mission to Moscow

    Football

    The draw may have worried the politicians more than Arsene Wenger and his Arseal players. It is a kind draw for Arsenal with the likes of Atletico Madrid and Lazio still in the quarter-finals.

    The Gunners will host the first leg at Emirates Stadium on 5 April with the return leg in Moscow a week later.

    Spanish side Atletico, who are second in La Liga, face Sporting Lisbon of Portugal.

    In the other ties Germany's RB Leipzig play Marseille from France, while Italian club Lazio face Red Bull Salzburg of Austria.

    Europa League draw:

    RB Leipzig v Marseille

    Arsenal v CSKA Moscow

    Atletico Madrid v Sporting Lisbon

    Lazio v Red Bull Salzburg

    Danny Welbeck celebrates with his teammates
  5. Manchester United: Jose Mourinho launches into 12-minute defence of Champions League record

    Football

    Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho went on a remarkable 12-minute impassioned defence of his record in the wake of the shock Champions League exit to Sevilla.

    Mourinho has been criticised for his approach over both legs, leading the United boss to go on a wide-ranging and lengthy monologue ahead of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton.

    "I am not going to run away or disappear or to cry because I heard a few boos," Mourinho said. "I am not afraid of my responsibilities."

    The 55-year-old arrived at the news conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton with pre-prepared notes.

    He began by saying: "I am alive. I am here."

    Read the full story.

    Jose Mourinho
  6. FA Cup quarter-finals: How to follow all the action on BBC Sport

    Football

    The FA Cup reaches the quarter-final stage this weekend and you can follow all the action on BBC Sport.

    League One Wigan host Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT), while Leicester against Chelsea (Sunday, 16:30) are both on BBC One.

    You can also watch every goal on BBC Sport's website and app, as well as a highlights shows on BBC One on Saturday (23:20).

    BBC Radio 5 live will provide commentary of all four ties.

    The other two games are Swansea at home to Tottenham(Saturday, 12:15) while Brighton are at Manchester United (Saturday, 19:45).

    Saturday, 17 March

    Swansea v Tottenham (12:15) - BT Sport

    Manchester United v Brighton (19:45) - BT Sport

    Sunday, 18 March

    Leicester v Chelsea (16:30) - BBC One

    Wigan v Southampton (13:30) - BBC One

  7. West Brom: Alan Pardew speaks to club hierarchy about speculation on his future

    Football

    Alan Pardew has held "clear the air" talks with West Brom's hierarchy about the speculation surrounding his future as manager of the club.

    The Baggies are bottom of the Premier League, having won just once since Pardew succeeded Tony Pulis in October.

    They are eight points adrift of safety with eight games remaining and travel to Bournemouth on Saturday.

    "I told them what I think perhaps needs to happen going forward. They listened and I'm still in a job," he said.

    Read the full story.

    Alan Pardew
  8. 'Maybe it wasn't that way before' - Hughes

    Wigan v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    Mark Hughes says he will demand a certain level of application from his players, and suggests that he will make changes from the previous regime.

    "I work in a certain way and I train at certain levels of intensity which I'm looking for from the players and I've seen that in the past few days.

    "Feedback from people in and around the club is that maybe the intensity wasn’t that way before, but that’s the way I work and hopefully that can hold us in good stead."

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    Rhys Tomlinson: Klopp moaning about fixtures again. If only his players were being paid hundreds of thousands per week to make it easier on them. Poor lads.

  10. 'Fans need something to cheer for' - Hughes

    Wigan v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    Much of the opinion of the job Mark Hughes does at Southampton will depend on whether or not he keeps Southampton in the Premiere League. However he insists that does not mean his side are taking their eye off the FA Cup this weekend.

    "The FA Cup has been very good to me and has always figured highly in my career. I have a great affinity with the competition.

    “I think we are taking over 4000 to Wigan, and we need to give them something to cheer for, something to get behind.”

  11. Netherlands name squad

    Football

    The Netherlands have named their squad for their friendly matches with England and Portugal.

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  12. 'The club has changed' - Hughes

    Wigan v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    Mark Hughes has taken the reigns at Southampton after playing for the south coast club in 1998.

    Saints travel to Wigan in the FA Cup on Sunday, and speaking ahead of his return to management after just 67 days without work, Hughes said: "This is a club that I know but it has changed a lot from when I was here as a player.

    "It was important for me when I did get back in it would be so I could take the club forward and make a positive change.

    "It's a bit different this time because it's a short-term contract so we have to ensure that every minute of every day is focused on the job at hand."

  13. Wow. Just wow

    Man Utd v Brighton (Sat, 19:45 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    There are some moments in a football journalist's career that will live with them forever.

    Today falls right into that category.

    Jose Mourinho came prepared. Not the way Louis van Gaal did when he spoke about 'Big Sam' but with a neat piece of green paper underneath his diary.

    On it was written Man Utd's finishing positions in every season since 2013 and how they had fared in Europe. He had the same stats for Manchester City.

    He started by saying 'I am alive'. Then he answered four questions before being asked about the fans' response to Tuesday's Champions League exit.

    That was the cue. Apart from a two word start of a question he cut off, Mourinho spoke for 12-and-a-half minutes without stopping.

  14. 'I am alive. I am here'

    Man Utd v Brighton (Saturday 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Stick with us here as we paint a picture.

    Jose Mourinho came into today's press conference, sat down and said unprompted: "I am alive. I am here."

    He came prepared with notes with the dates on a green bit of paper underneath his diary.

    "Of course I'm better. I'm happy with what I saw in my players after the match, I'm happy that people were sad, that people were frustrated, I'm happy we were on exactly the same page, and happy to see the boys coming back again in my page because we don't have many days to be sad, we don't have many days to be, something like, grieve, we don't have many days for that, so I'm happy the players come back exactly as myself.

    "We train very well, always. We don't need a reaction to train better, the enthusiasm, organisation, every training session with us since day one the players know that."

  15. 'Clean slate for players' - Hughes

    Wigan v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    Mark Hughes says there is an argument to suggest the Southampton players will have a fresh start under him, but performances will dictate places in the team.

    "Perhaps players when they see a change, any disappointment they felt from the previous regime, maybe that lighted a bit I’m sure. I’ve been through the process where players react in a certain way to a new manager coming in.

    "I can only go on what I’ve seen from afar as an opposition manager, so I know a good deal about these players.

    "If you perform well, you keep the shirt, but the level is high, we’re playing in one of the toughest leagues in the world."

  16. Champions League draw favours Barcelona & Bayern

    Football

    Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis at Gracenote, has been busy and has updated the earlier stats following the Champions League draw.

    Chance of reaching the semi-finals

    • Barcelona 86% (up 12%)
    • Bayern Munich 82% (up 18%)
    • Manchester City 67% (up 13%)
    • Real Madrid 55% (down 7%)
    • Juventus 45% (down 13%)
    • Liverpool 33% (down 1%)
    • Sevilla 18% (down 8%)
    • Roma 14% (down 14%)

    Barcelona and Bayern Munich's chances of winning the Champions League improved the most given the draw.

    Chance of winning the Champions League

    • Barcelona 35% (up 3% after the draw)
    • Bayern Munich 23% (up 4%)
    • Real Madrid 16% (down 2%)
    • Juventus 11% (down 2%)
    • Manchester City 11% (down 1%)
    • Liverpool 2% (down 1%)
    • Sevilla 1% (down 1%)
    • Roma 1% (down 1%)
  17. 'We have the talent' - Mark Hughes

    Wigan v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton

    Mark Hughes in his first press conference as Southampton manager says he is pleased with what he has seen from his new crop of players after a couple days of training.

    "I’ve been encouraged, working with the group in terms of quality and application,I know we have the talent to get the job done. Sometimes when you walk in to a new club you are worried about what you’re stepping into."

  18. Everton v Liverpool

    Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tried his best to be "politically correct" about the decision to move their Premier League meeting with Everton forward to 12:30 on the Saturday in between the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City, but he is not happy.

    “I heard a second ago the Premier League will put our game against Everton at 12.30 on the Saturday. I know countries where they cancel whole match days so teams can be in the best shape. We play Wednesday night against Manchester City and then play Everton at 12.30 three days later. That’s not too cool but obviously we have to go the hard way, I am used to that.

    “We play Wednesday night and then at 1230 means the players get up on Thursday and have lunch or breakfast and then we train and next day we are on second-day recovery and then you start at 1230.

    “It is not perfect. We take it like it is but if I cannot be angry about something like that anymore and have to be politically correct and say nothing then I am dead because that doesn’t work.”

  19. ' I am not afraid of my responsibilities'

    Man Utd v Brighton (Saturday 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has just finished his press conference, which included over 12-minutes non-stop. He even brought notes.

    He was reflecting on how badly Manchester United have done in Champions League and Premier League since 2011 and 2013.

    He then highlighted how well Manchester City have done, calling all this "football heritage".

    "I am not going to run away. I am not going to disappear. I am not afraid of my responsibilities. When I was 20 I was somebody's son. I was nobody in football. I am 55. I did what I did because of work, talent and mentality."

  20. Any special plans for Jamie Vardy?

    Leicester v Chelsea, Sun 16:30GMT

    Chelsea

    Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is enjoying a rich vein of form having scored six goals in his last eight games for the Foxes.

    The chelsea boss was asked whether he had any special plans for the England forward...

    "We have special plans to try and defend well," said Conte.

    "We all know Vardy's characteristics. He is a clever player and is very good at finding the right time to attack the space and we must pay great attention to him and Iheanacho and Okazaki."