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Summary

  1. Under-pressure Antonio Conte to face the media ahead of Monday's West Brom game
  2. Alan Pardew to be quizzed on Jay Rodriguez during West Brom conference
  3. Pep Guardiola previews Manchester City's clash with Leicester
  4. Plus the latest ahead of all the weekend's Premier League games

Live Reporting

By Greg O'Keeffe

All times stated are UK

Gerrard v Butt

Old rivals face-off in Uefa Youth League

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Nicky Butt (left) and Steven Gerrard compete for the ball during their playing days
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Nicky Butt (left) and Steven Gerrard compete for the ball during their playing days

Away from the Premier League, the last-16 draw was held for the prestigious Uefa Youth League earlier.

Amongst the most eye-catching ties is a meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United.

That means former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Nicky Butt going head-to-head in the dug-out.

The game will be played at Tranmere on Wednesday, 21 February. The winner will visit either Manchester City or Inter Milan in the quarter-finals.

Steven Gerrard and Nicky Butt warm-up before England training in 2004
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Gerrard and Butt were club rivals but team-mates with England

Scotland manager search goes on

Walter Smith has ruled himself out of the running to become the next Scotland manager.

Smith, 69, previously held the role and wasbeing consideredfor a return by the Scottish FA.

It is believed the former Rangers and Everton boss was not offered the position but ruled himself out after talks with the governing body.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill last monthturned downthe chance to manage Scotland.

Read more here.

Former Rangers and Everton manager Walter Smith
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Former Rangers and Everton manager Walter Smith

Moyes on the Scotland job

West Ham vs Watford (15:00 GMT Saturday)

West Ham United

"October to now is probably long time to go without a manager. I'm sure we will get the right manager but Walter Smith would have been a great choice for Scotland. He's respected by everyone in the country.

"But if Alex (McLeish) gets it, he's been there before and done it. We will be winning it in 2022."

Moyes on new contract

West Ham vs Watford (15:00 GMT Saturday)

West Ham United

"I won’t discuss my contract situation. We will wait till the end of the season."

David Moyes
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Moyes on Evra

West Ham vs Watford (15:00 GMT Saturday)

West Ham United

Patrice Evra has joined West Ham following his contract termination from Marseille in November after kicking a fan but Moyes isn't concerned by this

"He told me what happened. When he told me what the supporter said to him I have no complaints."

Patrice Evra
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Gracia - Deeney will behave better

West Ham v Watford (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Watford

Watford manager Javi Gracia expects Troy Deeney to sharpen up his disciplinary act following his goal celebration in the 4-1 victory against Chelsea on Monday night.

Captain Deeney scored the opening goal of the game from the penalty spot at Vicarage Road, but courted controversy when he made an offensive gesture towards the crowd.

Deeney escaped a four-match ban from the Football Association after they failed to agree on whether his action warranted a retrospective red card.

he Watford skipper, who has already served three and four-match suspensions this season, did however, receive a written warning from the FA regarding his future conduct.

"I have spoken with Troy," Gracia said. "Troy is our captain and he knows what is the best behaviour. I am sure he will do better in the future."

Troy Deeney
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Troy Deeney

Capoue happy under new boss Gracia

West Ham v Watford (15:00 GMT)

Watford

Etienne Capoue, centre
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Watford's Etienne Capoue, centre, is happy again

It seems like new Hornets boss Javi Gracis is settling into life at Vicarage Road, and his players seem to appreciate his way of doing things too.

Midfielder Etienne Capoue has found himself back in the team and, predictably, loves it.

"No, life is good," he told the Hertfordshire Mercury.

"I am the type of guy, even if I am not playing, I am very happy. I go home, see my kids and they don’t know if I played or not and this is priceless for me.

"I don’t want to go home and be angry towards them for no reason, so for me life is so good.

"Even if I am not playing I work hard and it will change. I am this type of guy, very cool."

Let them eat cake

😋@SwansOfficial manager Carlos Carvalhal had a treat for reporters today... #Swans

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Guardiola on Claude Puel

Manchester City v Leciester (17:20 GMT, Saturday)

Manchester City

"I met him at Barcelona, Leicester still have the fundamentals.

"They're always a strong team. Just one season ago they were champions. They're still a danger - we know with Kelechi Iheanacho."

Leicester City manager Claude Puel (left) with Manchester City's Pep Guardiola
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Leicester City manager Claude Puel (left) with Manchester City's Pep Guardiola

City's busy schedule

Manchester City v Leicester City (17:30 GMT Saturday)

Manchester City

Guardiola is weary of busy schedule with the Champions League coming up and said: "After tomorrow we have Champions League, five days for the next one, then five days for the final. Some players are not fit."

City down to the bare bones

Manchester City v Leicester City (17:30 GMT Saturday)

Manchester City

Manchester City only have on striker fit at the moment in the form of Sergio Aguero, but Guardiola would like to give the Argentine a rest but can't.

"He’s done well, I would like to give him a rest, but I think Gabriel is coming back soon - 1 week 10 days he’ll be ready."

Sergio Aguero
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Guardiola - Warnock can have his say

Pep Guardiol at the Cardiff City Stadium
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Pep Guardiola at the Cardiff City Stadium

You may have read that Neil Warnock wasn't quite ready to let his war of words with Manchester City end this week.

His latest salvo was to accuse City of making "horrendous tackles" as the fallout from their FA Cup meeting last month continues.

Man City winger Leroy Sane suffered ankle ligament damage in a tackle by Joe Bennett during the fourth-round tie on 28 January.

But Guardiola was relucant to fire back with anything too provocative today.

"We accept what he say," he said. "We will be ready to face him again if they are in the Premier League."

Wise Pep. Wise.

Mourinho on St James' Park

Newcastle United v Manchester United (14:15 GMT Sunday)

Manchester United

"I like to go there and like the feeling of going to Mr Robson’s home. I like the stadium, I think it’s really nice and the atmosphere. They are good and enthusiastic. I lie the Geordies. I lost an drew a few times.

"I hope the result is different but I know the characteristics of the game are not going to be different. They’re a good team, they have a very good transfer window with Kenedy and Slimani – two players I know well and who can improve their team. Benitez knows how to get points."

Pep Guardiola on Mahrez

Manchester City v Leicester City (17:30 GMT Saturday)

Manchester City

Despite not signing Riyad Mahrez in the January, Guardiola has said he hopes the Algerian plays on Saturday adding he enjoys watching him play

Riyad Mahrez
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Klopp news conference

Southampton v Liverpool (16:30 GMT Sunday)

Liverpool

Klopp has praised young defender Alexander Trent-Arnold: "It's good for him that he doesn't have to play every week. He has improved a lot, especially in training in the past few months, to a consistently high level.

He also mentioned the return of Joe Gomez: "He's outside but not with the team. No chance for Sunday. But a chance for Porto."

Pardew - We're ready to fight

Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT, Monday)

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion gives instructions to Salomon Rondon
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Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion gives instructions to Salomon Rondon

Pardew said: “I think you’ll see a lot of fight on the pitch on Monday. It’s two teams who are desperate for a win. I know Chelsea very well and they have difficult periods. I have great respect for the manager but I think they’ll come through it.”

“We need to put some points on the board. To suffer four injuries was costly against Southampton and on the day they deserved to win.

"We should have Gibbs, Evans and Krychowiak back for the Chelsea game.”

Mourinho: He (Shaw) will be a Manchester United player for years

Newcastle United v Manchester United (14:15 GMT Sunday)

Manchester United

"He’s now for a few months free of these minor injuries that sometimes stop evolution and I’m really happy, so I think the natural consequence of it is that he will have his contract and he will be a Manchester United player for years."

Luke Shaw
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Guardiola - Everyone likes a break

Manchester City v Leciester (17:20 GMT, Saturday)

Manchester City

Guardiola has echoed Antonio Conte by calling, not for the first time, for a winter break in the Premier League.

He said: "We love to play football, but we’ve been playing every three days, sometimes a break is good for everyone. Everyone gets a rest."

His players have actually had a mini-break this week and he was asked if it will benefit them.

"We will see," he said. "If we win, good, if we don’t, not. Just one midweek off since August, we needed it. We had three good training sessions.

Adam Lallana potential return to first team squad

Southampton v Liverpool (16:30 GMT Sunday)

Liverpool

“He is an option for the squad, maybe not the first XI. He looks fresh and good but we need to settle a bit and use Adam as there are about 18-19 games to go."

Klopp's reaction to his sending off: "It's not nice. I spoke to him, it's not how it should be. He wasn't happy about the reaction and I wasn't either. He's an option for the squad (on Sunday)."

Adding: "When we played football, we all did a few things we weren't proud of."

Adam Lallana
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Klopp on Van Dijk's return to Southampton

Southampton v Liverpool (16:30 GMT Sunday)a

"It might not be the most friendly. But it's not something we really think about. No-one at Southampton will say we have stolen him, it was a very public deal.

"There have been a lot of good players from that area (Southampton). Maybe we should have our scouting department down there.

"It won't be a friendly game, they fight for everything, we fight for everything. They will want to show their quality but we have our own targets. They are a football playing side."

Virgil Van Dijk
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Pardew - Rodriguez might play against Chelsea

Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT, Monday)

He said: “It’s a tough call at the top with Jay, Daniel and Salomon. We will see what I go with on Monday. All three look in good shape.”

Pardew - Rodriguez is upset

Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT, Monday)

West Bromwich Albion

Alan Pardew was asked about the ongoing situation with striker Jay Rodriguez, who has been charged with alleged racial abuse of Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.

He said: “It’s a situation that isn’t ideal for Jay. He denies the allegations and as a club we will support him. He’s upset about it.

"Hopefully he can concentrate on his football and not worry too much about that situation.”

Jose on Pogba

Newcastle United v Manchester United (14:15 GMT Sunday)

Manchester United

Pogba didn't start in United's win against Huddersfield and Mourinho answered the question on whether he will play this weekend.

"Paul had a very professional behavior. This week was not different to what Paul is every week. He works well, he’s a good professional He likes to train. I’ve never had a single problem with him. He likes to train.

"For me Paul is a midfield player. He’s not a left back, he’s not a striker. When people ask his best position: he’s a midfield player. It depends on the tactical system but he will always be a midfielder.

"Then with so many opinions, and we are in a world of opinions, people can get confused. There is no confusion between me and Paul. It’s difficult to play a midfielder with more potential than Paul."

Paul Pogba
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Conte added that Pedro will be fit for the West Brom game and then that's it. He's finished now.

Conte on Tiemoue Bakayoko

Conte said: "He's a young player. Only 22. Last season he won the title in France with Monaco and played in the Champions League.

"To arrive in this league and adapt yourself very quickly is not simple but my task is to try to help him and every single player improve."

Tiemoue Bakayoko
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Tiemoue Bakayoko

Jürgen Klopp news conference

Southampton v Liverpool (16:30 GMT Sunday)

Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp on Emre Can’s situation: "He hasn't come into my office and said so (that's he's joining Juventus).

“Nothing new about that. Still everything is possible. No decision made so far."

Jürgen Klopp
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Conte - No Morata but Giroud maybe for WBA

Chelsea

Conte: "Morata won't be ready but Giroud is training with us and will be in contention.

"Players like Morata, for us that are very important, have been missing for a long time. He has a problem and we're struggling to solve the pain he has.

"I don't know how long he will be out and for this reason I'm a bit worried."

Conte on Watford defeat

Chelsea

"We conceded three shots and three goals against Bournemouth. Against Watford the performance was negative from the start and we didn't create chances. We conceded three in eight minutes.

"The coach has to try to find the best solution to avoid this situation.

"I didn't like that performance but I'm sure the players didn't either.

"I've got to look at myself as well."

Mourinho on Luke Shaw

Newcastle United v Manchester United (14:15 GMT Sunday)

Manchester United

"I know Shaw since Southampton. Know his potential and quality. Can he be the way I want my players to be during games and training week? He made a big effort. He is free of minor injuries. The natural consequence is he will have his contract."

Are you still confident you'll be here beyond this season?

Chelsea

Conte said: "Yes I'm not thinking for one moment of the possibility of going away from this club. My commitment and the commitment of my players is totally for this club and we're trying to do our best.

"But as you know well in football, and I don't agree, a lot of time the manager or coach depends on the result. In this case we've had a poor result and for this reason we have to pay great attention.

"We have to trust in our football."

Chelsea

Gary Cahill said the players should look at themselves after the defeat by Watford,

Conte said: "In every situation we have to divide the responsibility and that is in positive and negative situations. When you have these periods with so poor results, you have to divide it between me, the players and the club."

Why hasn't title defence been stronger?

Conte: "I think the table speaks very clearly. If you have these points it means you deserve them.

"We have a team in this league having a fantastic run and it's not simple to try to follow them."

Conte - It was a chance for rest

Chelsea

Conte was asked why he gave the players three days off this week.

"It was a chance, the only chance this season he said. "In future the federation should look for a chance to give players the rest. Don't forget in this season we've reached the semi-final of the Carabao Cup, we're in the FA Cup and we played Norwich twice. Then we're in the Champions League and we have the Premier League.

"So a rest - not just for my players but in general - is important."

Conte: "Every single player knows very well that we have to try to improve and to improve the results you must play better than we did against Watford. Against Watford we were totally negative but we showed a lot against Bournemouth."

Conte: "I like to play football and try to dominate the game. To do this you have to have personality to play the ball.

"But the most important thing is that it (defeats) happen only once."

Conte - No new injuries

Chelsea

Can we have some injury news, Conte is asked.

"No," he replies.

"There is no new injury news."

Wellllll OK then.

All set at the Etihad

Pre-match press conference time #MCFC

Pre-match press conference time #MCFC

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Waiting for Conte

Chelsea v West Brom (20:00 GMT, Monday)

Chelsea

The Chelsea manager is due out to face the press any time now....

Odds on the first question being about his future?

Jose Mourinho news conference

Newcastle United v Manchester United (14:15 GMT Sunday)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has said Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back in first-team training but is not yet ready for a return to action, while Eric Bailly also remains unavailable, as well as confirming that there are no fresh injury concerns for their trip to Newcastle on Sunday

Jose Mourinho
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Rodriguz set to be on agenda for Pardew

Chelsea V West Brom (20:00 GMT, Monday)

West Bromwich Albion

West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez says he is "in disbelief" after being charged with alleged racial abuse of Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.

Cameroon international Bong claimed the incident took place during West Brom's 2-0 win at the Hawthorns on 13 January.

Rodriguez pinched his nose after they clashed, before Bong told the referee.

West Brom say they will "fully support" the England international, who has until 16 February to respond to the Football Association.

Suspect we will hear more about this when Pardew speaks at 1.30pm.