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Live Reporting

Laura Savvas

All times stated are UK

  1. And that's your lot!

    Thanks for keeping me company on this sunny day; it's been a pleasure as always.

    Don't forget, four Premier League teams are in action tonight.

    You can follow the live updates right here from 18:30 GMT.


  2. Man City fan in 'medically induced coma'

    Manchester City

    Another update from Simon Stone on the injured Man City fan...

    View more on twitter
  3. 'I'm not afraid of the big teams'

    Arsenal v Southampton (Sun, 14:05)


    On a 40-point target: "I think we all know that 24 [points] is not enough. Every point we take is good. We are focusing on the next game."

    On Arsenal: "I'm not afraid about the big teams. We showed against Chelsea and Arsenal that we can play good matches. Every game is difficult, but in the first game we showed that we can bring this surprising result.

    "We showed that we were defending very well which is key against these teams. We aren't 100% sure what shape they will come in. It will be interesting, tactically.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl
  4. Text 81111 (UK only)

    SMS Message: Chelsea fans are feeling sorry for themselves over the transfer ban but try supporting Newcastle! We might as well have a transfer ban because Rafa refuses to sign new players! from Robbie Millar
    Robbie Millar
    SMS Message: While I don't like a transfer ban for next two windows it could be opportunity to blood more youngsters and give them first team experience. from Anon
  5. Saints team news

    Arsenal v Southampton (Sun, 14:05)


    "We have a few players back in training, so Michael Obafemi trained the whole tho week with the team. It seems his injury has gone and he has no muscle problems anymore. That's another option we have in the front.

    "[Mario] Lemina still has problems and hasn't trained but it's getting better and better.

    "Stuart Armstrong is also back on the pitch and has no problems.

    "Danny Ings is still out. I expect him to come back for the Tottenham game."

    Michael Obafemi
  6. 'We can take points against the big teams, but also lose points against the small teams'

    Arsenal v Southampton (Sun, 14:05)


    On Southampton's warm weather training camp: "It was an intensive time but I think we needed it. I think we have a long way to go until the end. We will need 40 points maybe to stay in the league, I think.

    "It was important to get a reminder and to speak about things that can be better in the future for all the different challenges we are facing in the next few weeks.

    "It was easier for me to be critical at times, and maybe this will help us in the last 12 games."

    On their form: "We showed that we can take points against the big teams, but also lose points against the small teams."

    Ralph Hasenhuttl
  7. The power of football


    It's not just the Premier League and League Cup final this weekend - it's the first round of the FA People's Cup.

    The nation's biggest five-a-side tournament will feature an amazing variety of teams and stories, including this lot...

    Video content

    Video caption: FA People's Cup: Renaissance FC - a 'new beginning' for refugees united over football

    Find out how teams up and down the country get on with our live coverage on Saturday, 23 & Sunday, 24 February.

  8. Post update

    Saints' boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is the last manager of the day to face the media.

    Stay tuned for what he's got to say...

  9. Nuno 'very happy' with Saiss

    Bournemouth v Wolves (Sat, 15:00)

    Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Here's an update from Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo on Romain Saiss.

    The midfielder has signed a new contract with the club until 2021.

    View more on twitter
  10. Pep 'never an option' for Chelsea

    Chelsea v Man City (Sun, 16:30GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    It is amusing sometimes to watch Pep Guardiola when he is being asked a question he doesn't fully understand.

    Today, he was asked whether the instability at Chelsea was one of the reasons why he opted to come to Manchester City instead of moving to Stamford Bridge.

    He rubbed his chin a little bit, clearly not getting the implication that Chelsea wanted him as manager.

    "I went from Barcelona, to Munich, to here. It was never an option for me to join Chelsea," he said.

    He was then told Chelsea liked him. "Thank you," he said. "That is appreciated."

  11. 'Chelsea have the quality to go through two windows and be okay'

    Newcastle v Huddersfield (Sat, 15:00)

    Newcastle United

    On Chelsea's transfer ban: "You have to wait. They have the chance to appeal. They have the quality to go through two windows and be okay.’

    On Huddersfield: "Their manager is very clear, they will fight until the end. They have good team spirit..

    “They will keep doing the same. The key for us to do well and score an early, it may give us more confidence."

    Rafa Benitez
  12. 'My contract is not the priority'

    Newcastle v Huddersfield (Sat, 15:00)

    Newcastle United

    Rafa on his contract: "It is not the priority. The priority is to be ready and focused on the Huddersfield game. That’s it.

    "The priority is to stay up and focus on the team. If we have any conversations I’m sure you will get the information. It’s not the priority- the priority is Huddersfield and getting the points to stay up."

    Rafa Benitez
  13. Almiron ready to start

    Newcastle v Huddersfield (Sat, 15:00)

    Newcastle United

    On Miguel Almiron: "Almiron is ready to start. It’s more good news for us. It’s a big decision for me to make."

    On injuries: "Jonjo Shelvey is pushing now, training well. [Sean] Longstaff and [Isaac] Hayden doing well and you have to take the positives out of it. It’s good for us.

    On Martin Dubravka: "I expect he will deal with this pressure fine. “He is a good professional, he has our support and he’ll be fine."

    Miguel Almiron
  14. 'The Fulham game on the last day might be the most important'

    Newcastle v Huddersfield (Sat, 15:00)

    Newcastle United

    Rafa on having a break: "The break has done us good. They know each other a bit better. It was quite positive."

    On the next two games: "The only thing is if we win both games we will be closer. Maybe the Fulham game on the last day might be the most important."

    Rafa Benitez
  15. Post update

    That's all from Pep.

    Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is up next...

  16. 'My opinion of Sarri is always high'

    Chelsea v Man City (Sun, 16:30)

    Manchester City

    On Maurizio Sarri: “In my first year the club never doubted me, I was never in a position in the media where the club were going to sack me. Conte won the title then they lose one or two games and people say he will be sacked, I thought ‘wow’. My opinion of Sarri is always high.

    “In the game against us they did incredible things, but the first two goals were a mistake . When that happens it’s tough for the manager and for the team. They played good but we were so clinical.”

    Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri
  17. 'Chelsea have quality players'

    Chelsea v Man City (Sun , 16:30)

    Manchester City

    Pep on Chelsea: “They’re maybe one of the best in Europe to make you consistent defensively, the spaces to attack are minor, the movement from Jorginho helps a lot and they have quality players like Hazard.”

    On Fabian Delph: “He’s been injured recently, not big problems but the ankle and he’s been sick and not had good recovery.”

    Fabian Delph
  18. Update on Mendy, Stones and Jesus

    Chelsea v Man City (Sun, 16:30)

    Manchester City

    On Benjamin Mendy, John Stones, Gabriel Jesus injuries: "Today we were off. Tomorrow [we train and] we will see, but right now I can't tell you if they will be ready for Sunday.

    On whether Arijanet Muric will start: “We will see, I have to think about it. He’s an important player to be where we are, he was important at Leicester in the penalties. He’s been really good, we trust him.”

    Pep Guardiola
  19. 'Chelsea will be focused to beat us'

    Chelsea v Man City (Sun, 16:30)

    Manchester City

    On the importance of 6-0 win v Chelsea: “At that moment I was so happy to win 6-0, but today I’d have preferred 0-0. The players and manager will be focused to beat us."

    On Bernardo Silva's position: “He’s a typical No. 10, behind a striker, but he can play winger, attacking position in the middle.”

    On Leroy Sane's position: “He’s not ready to play in the middle now, you have to be so good to control the spaces. Maybe in the future.”

    Pep Guardiola
  20. Breaking'It is really tough news'

    Chelsea v Man City (Sun , 16:30)

    Manchester City

    Pep Guardiola has spoken about the Manchester City fan who was left in a critical condition in hospital after he was assaulted following their Champions League win over Schalke in Germany.

    "We knew the terrible news after the game. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them. It is really tough news. Unfortunately this has happened.

    "I hope the authorities can sort it out and the fan can recover as soon as possible."