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  1. Tottenham, Burnley, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton managers face the media
  2. Full Premier League programme this weekend

Live Reporting

By Andrew Mullen

All times stated are UK

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Don't forget Arsenal are in Europe League action tonight against CSKA Moscow.

Burnley v Leicester City (Saturday 15:00 BST)


Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “Four games ago the biggest game was just to get a win. For us the focus remains the same, the next game. We still have to have an eye on what happens if but we’ve done well to keep that in balance.”

Carvalhal not surprised by Mawson United link

Swansea v Everton (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Swansea City

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal says he is "not surprised" by reported Manchester United interest in defender Alfie Mawson.

Read more in today's gossip column.

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'It’s going to be a big game'

Burnley v Leicester City (Saturday 15:00 BST)


Burnley's Matt Lowton: “It’s going to be a big game. They are right behind us in the table, so for us to put a bit more breathing space between us and them would be huge.

“It’s going to be a difficult game. We know how good Leicester are and the players they’ve got, but we will be going into it full of confidence on a great run and hopefully we can get the points.”

'The players want to put that right against Chelsea'

Southampton v Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 BST)


Southampton manager Mark Hughes: “I sense along with a rise in confidence, there’s a bit of frustration after Arsenal which can only be good for us. The players want to put that right against Chelsea."

Swansea City v Everton (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Swansea City


'Brighton has an extra edge'

Crystal Palace v Brighton (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "They've both been tight games against Brighton. Last time we probably both had an eye on the league and we had been hampered by injuries. It will be a much different team to the one we put out last time.

"At this stage of the season, these five games have enormous importance regardless of who you play. But given that it's Brighton I can't deny it gives an extra edge, but we must not let our hearts rule our heads.

"Alexander Sorloth trained for the first time today and Christian Benteke joined in the first part before being monitored by the sport scientists. We'll know tomorrow, but we hope they'll be available.

"Options up front are a nice problem to have. Last week we had Wilf Zaha and Andros Townsend up top, an 18 year old on the bench. With those two forwards hopefully coming back we'll have options. Hopefully Jeffrey Schlupp will be back in contention in the next couple of weeks.

"Jeffrey Schlupp is progressing quicker than anticipated given the injury he had."

Davis set to miss out for Saints

Southampton v Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 BST)


Southampton manager Mark Hughes confirms Steven Davis is likely to be Southampton's only absentee for Chelsea on Saturday.

Crystal Palace v Brighton (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "In my time here I've learnt more about what this derby means to the fans. It's one where we have to make sure we have a level within the game.

"We've got a tough run-in but it's a great challenge. As a club and a group of fans this is what we've fought so hard for.

"The fans have been outstanding so far and we need them to be able to enjoy the rest of the season with us.

"Having Anthony Knockaert back is big for us because of the ability he has. We're losing Davy Propper so it's good to be able to have one going the other way."

Dyche confirms Mee injury

Burnley v Leicester City (Saturday 15:00 BST)


Burnley manager Sean Dyche confirms Ben Mee may miss several weeks with a shin injury.

Scott Arfield and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou are both doubtful for the weekend, but there's better news on Johann Berg Guomundsson who is back in contention.

'We need to keep pushing. There’s still a lot of work to do'

Tottenham v Manchester City (Saturday 19:45 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Here's more from Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Saturday's potential title decider.

On Harry Winks: "He is in Qatar, doing rehab. We will see what happens. We hope after that period he can come back fixing his problem and try again to be in the group training but yes of course we are a little bit concerned about his situation."

On the top four: "No, in football never. It’s not over until the end. We need to keep pushing. There’s still a lot of work to do. You can’t underestimate clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal, you need to keep focused on winning games and winning points. Football can always surprise you."

On Kyle Walker returning: "The fans feel disappointed. Sometimes you need a challenge. For me, he was a player who did a lot for us and the club. The relationship is good. He deserves a a good reception."

On Toby Alderweireld: "We make a drama sometimes for small things. After 14 games unbeaten we're not going to talk about players injured for a long time. Toby is still our player, two year contract.

"I am sure he is going to play until the end of the season. He is doing well, training, he just needs to wait for his opportunity."

Europa League is our big target - Wenger

CSKA Moscow v Arsenal (20:05 BST)

Arsenal's focus is now on winning the Europa League with chances of a Premier League top-four finish "very slim", manager Arsene Wenger says.

The Gunners take a 4-1 lead to Moscow for the second leg of their quarter-final tie.

Arsene Wenger - 'Europa League is our focus'

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have provided more details on the injuries to Danny Rose, Kyle Walker-Peters and Harry Winks.

  • Danny Rose (calf). Expected to be sidelined short-term but will not be available for Saturday’s match.

  • Kyle Walker-Peters (hamstring). Continuing rehab.

  • Harry Winks (ankle). Currently in Qatar undergoing rehab at Aspetar.

Jack Butland has my backing for England number one - Lambert

West Ham United v Stoke City (Monday 20:00 BST)

Stoke City

Stoke manager Paul Lambert: "I thought Joe Hart was excellent last weekend and he will be in the fight with Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford no doubt for the England number one shirt at the World Cup. Jack has my backing to take that spot in the summer though."

'If we keep doing what we are doing then we will win games'

West Ham United v Stoke City (Monday 20:00 BST)

Stoke City

Big game for 19th-placed Stoke in their fight for survival. West Ham are six points clear of the relegation zone in 14th.

Stoke manager Paul Lambert: "You need a little bit of luck at certain times. Our performance have been really high and I can't ask more of the team. If we keep doing what we are doing then we will win games.

"We need to pick something up on Monday night but we will go going out to win the game and claim all three points.

"You can judge a team by the reaction of your supporters and I think the way our fans applauded the side after last weekend's game shows that they see a team fighting hard to get the points we all want.

"I think West Ham United are a strong side and they will provide us with a stern test on Monday. We will go into game to try and win it."

'Chance to write another unbelievable chapter'

Huddersfield v Watford (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield manager David Wagner: "Promotion was a fairytale but if we stay up this is bigger, that’s why I said it’s a miracle. The players know they can write another unbelievable chapter in Huddersfield's history, something no-one at this club has done for years.

"The game will be a big occasion, I’m sure it’ll be a great atmosphere and we are aware we can make a very big step on Saturday.

"I am very excited for the game on Saturday. We have five important games to go but we have to take it game by game. Our next one is in front of our home crowd. Our supporters have to be there and on their best. I’m sure they will play their part.

"You can take small margins from the Watford match earlier this season but they have a new system and a new head coach, so this game is in the past. We will try everything to play and fight on our highest level.”

Huddersfield v Watford (Saturday 15:00 BST)

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield manager David Wagner: "The chance to play in the Premier League was an unbelievable achievement and we are now only a few games away from securing a second consecutive season in the Premier League which is unbelievable that it is possible. But it is only possible, it is not done."

'Harry is very honest and he is not going to lie '

Tottenham v Manchester City (Saturday 19:45 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been discussing the decision to award Spurs' second goal in Saturday's 2-1 win at Stoke to the striker after a successful appeal.

"We didn't talk about it. Of course after the match Harry Kane said he touched the ball with his right shoulder," said Pochettino.

"Harry is very honest and he is not going to lie about this situation. It is not a big issue, it is not a big deal for the team.

"It was a club decision, i was not involved, but I am sure Harry and Christian Eriksen agreed on this."

Police investigating assault on Sunday morning football referee

Sunday morning football is a "powder keg waiting to explode", says a referee who is quitting after allegedly being assaulted by a player for the second time in his career.

Ross Hawkes claims he was attacked by a Brereton Town player last weekend while in the process of sending him off for dissent during a cup game against fellow Cannock Chase Football League side Talbot FC.

The 36-year-old says he was punched and kicked, leaving him with a cut eye and injuries to his legs. The game was abandoned and Staffordshire Police say it is investigating reports of an assault.

The incident comes seven years after Hawkes - who is paid £30 per game - was assaulted by another player.

"I have been assaulted twice and it has got worse. The third assault? I do not like to think what that might be," Hawkes told BBC Sport.

Read the full story here.

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Terraneo appointed West Brom technical consultant

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom have appointed experienced Italian sporting director Giuliano Terraneo as a technical consultant.

Giuliano arrives at The Hawthorns for an initial six-month period after which West Brom will review their future plans.

"Giuliano joins us in what we all acknowledge will be a very important close season," said Mark Jenkins, Albion's Chief Executive Officer.

"He will assist in the recruitment of a new head coach and the re-structure of the squad. In the event of our losing Premier League status, it will be a squad we will want to compete strongly for promotion back to the top tier.

"Giuliano will assist in the recruitment long-term of a new Sporting and Technical Director and he will also be involved in the complete review of the recruitment department."

Earlier today, West Brom announced technical director Nick Hammond had left the club as part of the Baggies' plans to restructure.

Harry Winks

Reports suggest Tottenham's Harry Winks in Qatar to seek advise on an ankle problem.

Tottenham's Rose out of City tie


Premier League state of play

Premier League
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Are West Brom bound for the Championship?

Are Swansea safe?

Premier League state of play

Premier League
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Who is safe? Who needs to keep looking over their shoulder?

Premier League state of play

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Plenty still to play for lower down the table. Can Arsenal move back into the top five?

Can Newcastle consolidate their place inside the top 10?

Premier League state of play

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Manchester City will win the title next weekend if they beat Tottenham at Wembley on the Saturday (19:45 BST kick-off) and Manchester United lose at home to bottom club West Brom on Sunday (16:00).

Welcome back

We have six Premier League press conferences to keep us company this afternoon.

Tottenham first up, followed by Burnley, Stoke, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton.

On that, I will leave you to the rest of your morning.

Lots to talk about but I am still not sure if it was or was not a penalty. Ah football. The beautiful game.

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Juventus and the Italians are the masters of the small foul at crucial times which is difficult for the ref to give as it looks soft. This time it didn't work out for them, the comments coming from the players are ridiculous. Buffon's behaviour merited a red as did others around the ref


Buffon needs some sort of reprimand from UEFA. For such an experienced player to display that kind of behaviour towards the ref on the pitch and to continue it in interviews is pathetic!

Declan B

I get that people are disappointed with the penalty decision after watching last night's game, but the bottom line is, it was a 100% foul. You can try and justify it all you want, but it is clear as day. Hats off to the referee for having the bottle to give it. Most wouldn't unfortunately.

Rob Carter

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Michael Oliver knew he would be deciding the outcome of the tie by awarding that penalty so it is outrageous he has given it for such a soft foul. He should have let play continue and let the teams decide the game themselves in extra time. And Buffon did not lay hands on him so why the straight red? Very, very dodgy.

Nick L

Real Madrid have received very very favourable decisions over the past few years in the Champions League. Offside goal in the final against Atletico being one of the egregious ones. This is another such decision. Vazquez is already falling after the slightest touch from Benatia. Real were looking for a penalty all match and no one received a card for the multiple dives committed. In the end, the ref bought it and have a soft penalty.


The wide range of opinions being displayed demonstrates what an impossible call this was for Oliver. It's such a subjective decision, he'd have faced heavy criticism whatever call he made. VAR would not have helped either - we're all still arguing about it the following morning! Also, Buffon had to be sent off. Despite the sentiment about his career and the circumstances of last nights game, you simply cannot barge and insult the referee in that manner.

Andrew, South Yorkshire

'An Iffy penalty'


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Adrian Harvey: Too many arm chair referees making a decision in the public domain when they have no responsibility, AS newspapers referee correspondent is a prime example. Oliver was right, just because it was Buffon's last game doesn't make it right!!

Jon Evans: The irony is by correctly giving the penalty and Buffon the red, Oliver showed courage and bottle. The rules of football don't say to avoid penalties and red cards which may ruin the dream for one team. Juventus bottled the dream not Oliver.

Charles Goodwin: Why are people defending Buffon? The penalty had been awarded. What does his verbal abuse accomplish? He knows he can't get the decision reversed, so all it is showing is a deep disrespect for the officials and that needs eradicating - doesn't happen in rugby.

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Massive point being missed. It was a penalty, Buffon's behaviour deserved a red card. If he wasn't sent off and saved the penalty then Juve would still have had 11 men for extra time. Then everyone would have been screaming that Buffon and Benatia should have been sent off. I wanted Juve to win but they allowed Vazquez the freedom and in trying to recover gave away the penalty so ultimately their fault not the refs.

Rob, Chelmsford

Hopefully Roma Real final.

Darren, Isle of Wight

These people criticising Gigi for losing his cool have never played football. It's a game of passion and emotion, a questionable decision was about to rob Buffon of a shot at the biggest game in world football in his retirement year. So he got carried away, big deal, anyone with blood in their veins would have reacted the same way. You want emotionless robots out on the pitch?

Dario in London

Mutual respect

After all that last night, not seen by many, Cristiano Ronaldo interrupted Gianluigi Buffon in the post-match mixed zone for a quick hug. No hard feelings.


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The eventual challenge from Benatia would have resulted in a penalty, he went in and didn't get the ball, simple. However, Vazquez was dropping to the ground before that happened. Placing your hands on someone's back doesn't justify diving. Free kick Juventus.


Never a penalty, the Madrid player clearly dived as he wasn't in control of how the ball approached him. Those saying it was 100% penalty obviously know absolutely nothing about football.

Sammy B

Madrid will probably win the Champions League no doubt stealing a victory against Liverpool in the semi, or the final with a flukey Ronaldo goal, giving United fans something else to gloat about. Can't begrudge them that I suppose as it seems to be the only pleasure they get these days.

Steve Young

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Feel sorry for the ref, Real were going down like flies all game. Was only a matter of time before he gave them a penalty. Ronaldo tried at least twice by falling over in the box when a Juve player got anywhere near him. Real are a great side, just let themselves with all the play acting.

Graham Williams

Regardless of the decision and the card (which were probably both right), in they circumstances I can't blame Juve or Buffon for the reaction they gave, it's the last minute of a quarter-final in the biggest tournament in club football. If Oliver was big enough to make the decision he has to be man enough to take the backlash.


'It’s just laughable'

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, speaking to Mediaset Premium: “It wasn’t an issue of VAR, because the referee still needs to have courage and a conscience. The referee must try to be less of a protagonist and give only clear-cut decisions," Chiellini told Mediaset Premium.

“You could tell at the time it wasn’t a penalty, but seeing the footage back it’s just laughable. We must remember that we beat Real Madrid 3-0 on their own turf and only a crazy person would’ve believed that going in.

“We could’ve scored five or six goals tonight, so we ought to be proud. We want to win the seventh Scudetto.”

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Phil Bayley: Pretty rich of Buffon to question Michael Oliver's ability to handle pressure after being sent off for losing his head.

Babatunde Sakiru: The Referee was absolutely right when a defender tackled from behind. Buffon’s behaviour is unacceptable in that regard he should display a good example to the young players.

Steven: We wouldn't be having a debate about this penalty if it was given to Juventus, people are 100% salty about Real Madrid winning again.

Real Madrid's Ramos could be banned for the semi-final

Real Madrid defender Segio Ramos was banned for last night's fun, but according to reports could face a further ban after venturing down to the tunnel in the later stages of the game.

The defender was seen, let's say discussing, the penalty with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri and could find himself in hot water with officials.

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Anthony Noble: To be honest I thought the penalty was the one decision the ref got right (I thought he was terrible)! After that though, red card to defender, yellow to Buffon. A bit of discretion required in that scenario.

Richard Fridl: Everyone is so righteous about cannot understand that emotion...easy to judge...not so easy to apply when you feel injustice

Dr. Paul Skinback: Why is anyone having a go at Oliver? It was a foul, simple as that. Showed unbelievable guts and temperament to give the right decision and Buffon went OTT and deserved to go. Compare that to the shower that officiated City v Liverpool.