And that's where we leave you for today, many thanks for being with us. Mark Pougatch presents 5 live Sport from the Etihad at 19:00 GMT and there will be live commentary from Alan Green and Ally McCoist on the semi-final between Manchester City and Bristol City. Cheerio now.
- Manchester City v Bristol City, kick-off 19:45 GMT
- Chelsea v Arsenal (Wednesday, 20:00 GMT)
- Hazard set to return for semi-final
- Conte says his row with Mourinho 'is between me and him'
- No contact from Manchester City over Sanchez - Wenger
- Iwobi could face fine for breaking Arsenal curfew
Bristol City have knocked out four Premier League teams in the EFL Cup to date this season, most notably Manchester United in the quarter-finals of course.
The last non top-flight team to record that feat was Sheffield Wednesday, who went on to lift the trophy in 1991, when John Sheridan scored the winner against Alex Ferguson's United at Wembley when the tournament was known as the Rumbelows Cup.
For all their flair and panache in the Premier League and 64 goals which have powered them to a 15-point lead - City are the lowest scorers of the remaining four sides in the competition, with only three goals in open play from 20 attempts on goal.
The Robins, in contrast, have rattled in 16 goals from 32 shots in target in their five matches.
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Now it's the first of the EFL Cup semi-finals tonight as Lee Johnson's Bristol City, fourth in the Championship, take on unbeaten Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad, the first time the teams have met in the cup since August 2007, when Sven Goran Eriksson was manager of City and presided over a 2-1 win.
Tonight's match is live on 5 live, with Alan Green joined in the com box by former Rangers boss Ally McCoist.
Gary Rowett has been linked with the vacant Stoke managerial post following the dismissal of Mark Hughes, but is he set to rebuff the Potters and stay with the Rams?
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte defends Arsene Wenger, who will be pitting his wits against him at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night for the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final.
"You are talking about a team and a manager who won a lot in the past, I don't think he has a lot of pressure because they lost a game against Nottingham Forest," the Italian says.
But commendable praise for Coutinho from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who writes on Instagram: "It hurts you have left because you are a special player, up there with the best I shared a pitch with.
"I want to wish you Phil Coutinho and your family all the best for the next stage of your career in Barcelona . Thank you for the special moments and memories over the last 5 years . YNWA"
But look away now Liverpool fans - and try not to imagine these two back in the red shirt playing alongside Salah at Anfield - or indeed Salah joining them at the Nou Camp...
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The Liverpool Echo say Mohamed Salah, only one behind Tottenham hitman Harry Kane at the top of the Premier League goalscorers list, is winning his battle to be fit against City, having has missed the Reds’ last two games, wins over Burnley and Everton, due to a groin injury.
Both Liverpool and Manchester United have been in Dubai over the last few days for some warm weather recuperation - only to endure some torrential rain more akin to the north west of England.
Liverpool return home today as they adjust to life without Philippe Coutinho and face the small matter of unbeaten league leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, which you can hear live on 5 live.
Good news for Chelsea fans, Antonio Conte says key playmaker Eden Hazard, who scored in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal on 3 January but missed last weekend's goalless FA Cup tie at Norwich with a calf problem, is in good physical condition and is ready for tomorrow's semi-final with the Gunners at Stamford Bridge, live on 5 live remember. The Chelsea boss adds there are no other injury concerns in the Blues ranks.
Now on to the subject of that disagreement with Mr Mourinho and Antonio Conte says he "won't forget" what the Manchester United boss has said about him.
The Italian also insists he has no regrets regarding his own "little man" comments and says the League Managers Association will not be asked to intervene.
"This isn't a problem between the clubs," Conte adds. "It's between me and him. I stop."
Here's a deal completed today, Tottenham's under-used winger, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, has joined Burnley on loan until the end of the season.
The 22-year-old moved to Tottenham from Marseille in August, 2016, after scoring 10 goals in 41 games in a single season with the former Ligue 1 champions.
The Versailles-born wideman, nicknamed GK, has since made 22 appearances for Spurs, six this season.
In the Liverpool Echo this afternoon, the text of the cri de coeur from Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson to Football Association chairman Greg Clarke and Premier League boss Richard Scudamore - written on Mayor of Liverpool headed paper - in protest at the £15m transfer of Barkley's move to Chelsea.
"At best, this represents a very poor deal for Everton Football Club," the major writes.
"At worst, it could be seen as a deliberate attempt to drive down a player’s value in the transfer market so as to benefit the player, his agent and the buying club."
But Conte's first subject is new signing from Everton Ross Barkley, who has yet to play this season because of injury. The Chelsea boss says Barkley has begun to train with the squad, but needs more time to work physically and tactically and does not set a date for the England international's debut.
Now Signore Conte is sure to be asked about his verbal exchange with Jose Mourinho.
Just to refresh your memories Mourinho said he would "never be suspended for match-fixing" - which appeared to refer to Conte.
In scenes reminiscent of the most recent series of "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here" when Declan Donnelly repeatedly ridiculed the size of Dennis Wise, Conte described Mourinho as "a little man."
Hello again and thanks for joining us once more. We are waiting to hear from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte ahead of his team's EFL Cup semi-final first-leg with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, when 5 live will have live commentary from John Murray and Pat Nevin.
That's where we leave you for this morning, we'll be back in around three hours to bring you the thoughts of Antonio Conte and how he might describe Jose Mourinho today. We will also look ahead to tonight's 5 live commentary as Manchester City and Bristol City meet in a competitive fixture for the first time since August 2007. Please join us later, cheerio for now.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Only 14,507 fans enjoyed those nice padded seats at the Amex last night, a figure that prompted some derision on some phone-in shows given the fierce nature of the rivalry between the Seagulls and the Eagles, but Brighton fans claimed the club said at midday the fixture had sold out and tickets were no longer available.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson was satisfied with how officials handled Murray's late winner at the Amex.
Despite Palace's complaints that Murray may have handled the ball in scoring, a VAR review was not initiated but Hodgson said disallowing the goal "would have been very harsh". The former England boss added: "It was a genuine goal."
Last night saw the first competitive game in England to use the much-fabled video assistant referee (VAR) system technology - and, wouldn't you know it, there was barely any need for it as Glenn Murray scored a late winner for Brighton against his old club Crystal Palace in the FA Cup to send the Seagulls to a fourth-round tie at Middlesbrough.
Let's get some team news ahead of the big London derby tomorrow night and Arsene Wenger reveals none of his injured players will come back at Stamford Bridge or against Leicester on Saturday "for definite" but adds that Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi will have tests.
We will hear from Chelsea boss Antonio Conte later this afternoon but when asked about the Italian's spat with Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger takes the moral high ground and replies: "There are more important things in football."
More on the Alex Iwobi story and Wenger says he is confident the Nigeria international was not involved in drinking or any drug-related activity at the party he no doubt wishes he had not attended before the Forest FA Cup debacle.
Asked about his team selection for tomorrow night's EFL Cup semi-final first-leg at Chelsea, which will be live for you on 5 live, Arsene Wenger responds rather snappily: "I will play the team that has a good chance to win which is what I did on Sunday but of course on Sunday we had not the expected performance so the team will of course be changed."
On the subject of that Alex Iwobi story on the front page of today's Sun, Wenger describes the somewhat exuberant behaviour from the Nigeria international as "unacceptable" and says the 21-year-old will be fined if he was confirmed to have been out within the club's 48 hour curfew.
We heard the rumours about Francis Coquelin being on the move and his current manager says: "it is a possibility" his fellow Frenchman could leave Arsenal this month.
One destination ruled out for Coquelin by Wenger, however, is across London to West Ham.
The inevitable Sanchez question and the customary straight bat from Wenger, if only England's batsmen could have been so resolute. "At the moment it is very quiet. I have nothing to add to what I said before."
"Asked if Sanchez will face Chelsea he adds: "I have not decided yet". On the subject of Ozil and Wilshere's futures he says: "No news, we are working on it as soon as we have any definite solutions we will get back to you."
Arsene Wenger is in the building and he is asked about the backlash from the defeat at Nottingham Forest. "We take the criticism on board and respond in a positive way. We are in the semi-final of the League Cup, we won the FA Cup three times in the last four years, you can expect at some stage it will not happen every year.
"Overall we have been very consistent even if I was very disappointed by some individual performances."
Mr Wenger is late again, but when he does appear he might well be asked about today's front page of The Sun, which claims Alex Iwobi was "at a wild drug-fuelled house party, videoed screaming and dancing at 2.37am on Saturday in Soho, central London."
This all occurred the day before the ignominious FA Cup exit at Nottingham Forest.
Fair to say the Arsenal defence is not what it once was and the BBC's Simon Stone reported yesterday that the Gunners will rival Manchester City for West Brom's former Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans.
Arsene Wenger may be willing to ask the Arsenal hierachy to fork out £25m for the 30-year-old Northern Ireland international.
Another Arsenal player who could be on the move, according to the Mirror, is midfielder Francis Coquelin, with Spanish club Valencia said to have made a £12m offer for the 26-year-old, with West Ham and Crystal Palace also interested.
In the Mirror this morning, apart from those disturbing allegations about former England striker Peter Beardsley, Manchester City have alerted Arsenal about a potential £25m deal for Sanchez.
The Mirror says Arsenal will be willing to sell at the right price and are likely to want closer to £30m, but would also be keen for a deal to be completed to allow them to sign a replacement before the transfer window closes.
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Also today, we'll look ahead to tonight's 5 live commentary match, the first EFL Cup semi-final between runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City and Bristol City, who beat Manchester United in the last round.
Hello again and welcome along to another football special. Well, poor old Monsieur Wenger has been through the wringer recently hasn't he? A touchline ban, bundled out of the FA Cup at Nottingham Forest and then called "arrogant" by Chris Sutton.
The Arsenal manager is due to speak to the media shortly about Tuesday night's EFL Cup semi-final first leg at Chelsea, but we all know the line of questioning will focus on the future of Alexis Sanchez.