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Live Reporting

Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    We're going to leave it there for today, thanks for your company.

    Come back at 16:45 GMT for live text coverage of the Nations League Draw.

    And don't forget later on you'll be able to watch Chelsea v Liverpool and West Brom v Newcastle in the FA Cup.

    See you later.

  2. Huddlestone not yet ready to return

    Derby v Manchester United (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)

    Derby will still be without Tom Huddlestone for Thursday's game. The midfielder has returned to light training after a calf injury but is not yet ready for a first-team return. Teenagers Louie Sibley and Morgan Whittaker are in the squad for the game at Pride Park.

  3. 'Rooney is used to big games'

    Derby v Manchester United (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    Derby manager Phillip Cocu was inevitably asked about how Wayne Rooney will approach the game against his former club.

    “He is used to the big games, the attention," said Cocu. "It is better the attention goes to more senior players.

    "Wayne knows Manchester United like no other. He knows the players, the level of performance that’s needed in big games, and he will be extremely important for us on Thursday.

    "If you look at the game – they are the favourites. We approach the game with a lot of respect to our opponent, but also with the belief that we can beat them.”

  4. 'All teams have some weak spots'

    Derby v Manchester United (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)

    The final fifth round tie takes place on Thursday and sees Championship side Derby take on Manchester United, meaning a Red Devils reunion for a certain Wayne Rooney.

    “We are enjoying every moment to prepare together and we will try to do everything in our power to entertain our fans and try to make it happen." said Rams boss Phillip Cocu. "United have a lot of options, not just 11 quality players. We just focus on our own game and have a lot of respect for our opponent.

    “It will be more difficult to find them in United, but all teams have some ‘weak’’spots."

  5. 'I'm backing the players to do themselves proud'

    Leicester City v Birmingham City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Finally from Birmingham boss Pep Clotet:

    "We need a lot of support from our fans, football is football and this is just another game. We need to focus on the job we need to do and put our all into it.

    "There is no pressure on our players from the outside, there is only the pressure they put on themselves as a team, it is 11v11. I am backing our players to go out there and do themselves proud."

  6. 'We have to respect the recovery protocols'

    Leicester City v Birmingham City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Birmingham winger Jude Bellingham was linked with a move to the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea during the January transfer window.

    But at just 16, boss Pep Clotet is having to manage his workload.

    "He is not going to play tomorrow night," Clotet said. "I rested him on Saturday with a view to playing on Wednesday, but I need to respect the recovery protocols. We have to manage the workload of younger players differently to senior professionals.

    "He is 16, he has started 27 games this season, he needs more recovery time."

    Jude Bellingham
  7. 'Leicester are a handful'

    Leicester City v Birmingham City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Birmingham boss Pep Clotet has also been speaking about the threat that Leicester will cause his side:

    "Brendan [Rodgers] has done a fantastic job there, they are a well organised side, they are a handful," Clotet said. "They can dominate you, it can put a lot of stress on any team, especially if that team is one division below, but we trust ourselves.

    "We are going into Wednesday with the belief that we can win it, I always think like that, we are on a good run at the moment. Leicester have the talent, but if the game turns in our favour, we can cause them problems.

    "I am expecting them to have a lot of the ball, more possession. They will attack out wide and filter a lot of balls inside, they have the ability to hurt us, we need to limit certain scenarios and make sure we try to avoid situations like 1v1s."

  8. 'We love the cup'

    Leicester City v Birmingham City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)


    Birmingham progressed to the fifth round with a win over fellow-Championship side Blackburn Rovers and then a replay victory over their tenants Coventry City.

    Their reward? A trip to Premier League high-fliers Leicester City.

    "I am looking forward to the game, it is a very good test, we love the cup," Blues boss Pep Clotet said.

    "We know it is 90 minutes or more to decide the winner. We are playing against a stronger opposition who are third in the Premier League, they will be in the Champions League next year."

  9. 'We'll be making changes'

    Tottenham v Norwich (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Norwich City

    And finally from Norwich boss Daniel Farke:

    "We won't change all eleven positions tomorrow, because it is too important. But, there will be a few players tomorrow in the starting line-up who weren't in it last week. Players who don't play every minute are still incredibly important.

    "We know the process tomorrow. It's the third time in just a few months that we play Jose Mourinho's Tottenham, so we have an idea of what to expect. We have to be prepared for any situation.

    "The league and FA Cup are two separate competitions. We want to succeed in every way possible. We want to create something in this Cup and the league. It's important to try and get the win tomorrow, but also get a few points against Sheffield United."

  10. 'Spurs will be really motivated'

    Tottenham v Norwich (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Norwich City


    It is only just under six weeks since Norwich last visited Tottenham and boss Daniel Farke has said his side will need to be switched on if they hope to the progress in the competition:

    "We went to Tottenham with quite a good performance," Farke said of January's 2-1 defeat. "Out of their only situation in the second-half it was unlucky to deflect across.

    "When you play such a side you have to be switched on every second, because they only need one second to change a game.

    "On this level, every detail can change a game. I think they will be prepared, it's their big chance to win the FA Cup. They will be highly motivated, especially in a home game. I would have preferred if they won the last games, because now they're really motivated."

  11. 'We weren't surprised Watford beat Liverpool'

    Tottenham v Norwich (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Norwich City

    Norwich picked up just their fifth league win of the season when they beat Norwich 1-0 on Friday night and boss Daniel Farke believes the result will help the Canaries for the rest of the season.

    "The win was good for the mood and confidence," Farke said. "It was a great response immediately from the Wolves game.

    "It was important to come back with a top class performance against a team who are fighting for the runner-up position.

    "Everything is possible, we weren't surprised that Watford beat Liverpool. If you're not 100% switched on then you can lose to any team. It wasn't such a big topic, as it's still too early to judge the points."

  12. Pukki and Tettey doubts for Norwich

    Tottenham v Norwich (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Norwich City


    Norwich boss Daniel Farke has just been speaking to the media and revealed that striker Teemu Pukki and midfielder Alexander Tettey are both doubts for their trip to Tottenham.

    "They couldn't train yesterday due to illness, so there's a question mark behind their appearances," Farke said. "It's 50/50 with them, they feel better today but we have to see how they react."

    The German also confirmed that Christoph Zimmermann, Onel Hernandez, Sam Byram and Timm Klose are all definitely out.

    Zimmermann is unable to train due to a tendon problem while Klose is working on his rehab.

  13. 'It never stops'

    Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    More from Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola:

    "I would love to be closer to Liverpool to fight at this part. It's important to still arrive in March and April in all competitions. Hopefully we can be there in the FA Cup and Champions League, it won't be easy but we'll try.

    "We were tired, after 12 days off we didn't know how we'd do against West Ham United. Then we had three tough away games, and another tomorrow. We finish that process tomorrow and then four days later, we travel to United. Then comes Burnley and Real Madrid. It never stops."

  14. 'Tomorrow is another final'

    Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City


    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was also asked if he thinks it will be difficult for his players to focused after Sunday's victory in the Carabao Cup final.

    However, the Spaniard was confident that would have no bearing on his side's performance at Hillsborough against Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night.

    "The players trained really well today. They looked so focused. I saw the team ready to play tomorrow. I like that," Guardiola said.

    "At previous, big clubs, I've seen other players as soon as they are in the shower they are already thinking about the next game. It's so nice what we have done in the last three seasons but tomorrow is another final.

    "Away in the FA Cup is always difficult because of the fact of how important this competition is in this country. It is a final and we have to be focused on that."

    The former-Barcelona boss also confirmed that striker Sergio Aguero is fit for tomorrow after going off during Sunday's Carabao Cup final with a knock.

    He also said that cup-goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will start tomorrow.

  15. 'Foden can achieve whatever he wants'

    Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    Almost inevitably, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was asked about Phil Foden after the youngster's man of the match performance in the Carabao Cup final and amidst the rumours he may be set to earn his first full England call-up for this month's friendly against Italy and Denmark.

    "I want the best for him. He will get what he deserves," Guardiola said. "I'm delighted with his performance and behavior in good and bad moments. He just thinks about working and working and it pays off.

    What is the next step for him? "Improving and improving. At 19 he has a lot of improving to do but he can achieve whatever he wants."

  16. 'All 15 teams have a dream to fight for'

    Tottenham v Norwich (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    More from Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho:

    "I want to win a trophy with Tottenham, that doesn’t change for me.

    "This season the circumstances are not easy. And the fact that I couldn’t play the Carabao Cup gives me one less chance to try to win a trophy.

    "We were 12 points behind fourth (when I arrived) and 30 points behind first, so that made (the Premier League) impossible too.

    "So you are right. In this competition we are one of 15 teams, because Portsmouth are out, and all 15 teams have a dream to fight for.

    "It doesn't matter that we are without Kane, Sissoko, Lloris or Son. As long as we are in the competition we are going to fight for this dream."

    Will the season be considered a failure if Tottenham don’t win a trophy?

    “No. Because I came in the middle of the season, because of so many difficult circumstances, I wouldn't feel it at all.”

  17. Fletcher to be involved for Wednesday

    Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Finally, Monk admitted they have rushed striker Steven Fletcher back but he is still set to feature against holders Manchester City on Wednesday night.

    The former Sunderland forward returned from the knee injury he sustained in the FA Cup third round against Brighton in the Owls 3-1 defeat against Derby at the weekend.

    "As I said before with Steven, a normal process would be to have a period of time in training and maybe some time in the 23s," Monk said. "But with the influence he has, you want him in the team and getting as many minutes as possible.

    "Fletch will certainly be involved, whether it be from the bench or starting we’ll see but yes, he will be involved tomorrow."

  18. 'It's a competition to cherish'

    Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Away victories at Brighton and then QPR have got Sheffield Wednesday to this stage.They are aiming to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time since the 1996-97 season.

    "We’ve earned the right with two very good performances away from home in this competition," Monk said. "It’s a big challenge, we’re not expected to win but it’s an opportunity to face one of the best and we’ll give it our best for sure.

    "It’s away from the league, it won’t come any tougher but we are looking forward to it. I have great belief our players will go out there and give it absolutely everything.

    "You grow up watching the FA Cup, I think back to 87, Tottenham v Coventry - that’s my first vivid memory of football, watching the FA Cup. It’s a huge tradition. It’s a competition to cherish.

  19. 'We have to get everything right' - Monk

    Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk is aware of the challenge they face when Manchester City travel to Hillsborough on Wednesday.

    Despite City not reaching the heights of the last two seasons, wins against Leicester, Real Madrid and in the Carabao Cup final against Aston Villa on Sunday means Pep Guardiola's side are full of confidence.

    "We’re going to play against the champions of England and we know the quality they have right throughout," Monk said.

    "They are one of the best sides in Europe with one of the best managers over the past 15 years. We have to get everything right at a very high level with no mistakes.

    "We’re not going into it fearing those things, we need to understand the situations we will face and work through them. Our players are good enough to cause problems and compete but what we don’t want to do is self-inflict."

  20. Mourinho drops Lloris hint

    Tottenham v Norwich (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Though Hugo Lloris has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against Norwich, Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has hinted that the Frenchman could return for Saturday's trip to Burnley.

    “I can tell you he (Lloris) is not playing tomorrow but I cannot tell you he isn't playing on Saturday," said Mourinho.

    Mourinho also said that 18-year-old Republic of Ireland international Troy Parrott would be on the bench tomorrow night.

    “We are taking good care of a young player but also a young boy in society in life and that is a process," added the Portuguese.