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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining us today. We are done now but you can stay across this evening's four Premier League matches when our live text commentary starts at 18:00.

    There is also Women's Champions league action from 19:45 GMT, with Arsenal in action at Hoffenheim.

    But if you cannot wait for either of those, here is some of today's top content to keep you going:

    For now we leave you with this man.

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    Video caption: Sergio Aguero: Five reasons the Man City striker is a Premier League legend
  2. Man Utd to help provide 400,000 meals to local families

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United's Foundation is to provide 400.000 meals to local families this winter.

    The move, in conjunction with FareShare Greater Manchester, will be funded by a joint £100,000 donation from the club and its charitable foundation.

    Fans have also been invited to contribute to the move, which follows up a similar initiative last year.

    Manchester United Foundation chief executive John Shiels said: “Last winter, we saw a huge number of people in need of support across Greater Manchester and we don’t expect this year to be any different as the pandemic continues to cause a severe strain on society and the economy.

    “We are delighted to see the United family coming together again to support FareShare Greater Manchester; the work they do to help families in need is incredible and we hope our donation will go some way to making Christmas special for the recipients.”

  3. Digne 'unavailable' for Everton

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    The players that are both fit and unfit to face Chelsea were the main talking points in Rafael Benitez's news conference.

    The Everton boss has had to make do without a number of key players in recent weeks, while others have been carrying injuries.

    However, it does not look like Lucas Digne, a player he has reportedly had a falling out with, will be back for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

    Asked if it was time reintegrate the French defender who has missed the last two matches Benitez said: "I cannot agree more. Lucas Digne is a good player, an important player for us.

    "Yesterday we did a training session where he was in the 11 starters, today he said he's ill and he's not available for tomorrow."

  4. 'Today, 16 players'

    Leicester v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Antonio Conte on the extent of his squad after injuries and illness: "We had Thursday, Friday and Saturday without sessions. Sunday we started again to work with not many players, because we also had problems with under 23s. We started with 13,14 players and today had training with 16 players and more young players."

  5. 'We deserve the chance to play'

    Leicester v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Antonio Conte on the cancellation of the team's game against Rennes in the Europa League last week because of a Covid outbreak: “We want to play. I think Tottenhams deserve to play the game and to play the last game of this group. It’s a really strange situation because we didn’t play but not through our fault.

    For a big problem because the government decided to close our training ground and stop for three days our triaining session.

    For this reason we didnt play. Not for our other reason. We don’t have fault for what happened. I tell you we deserve the chance to play the last game and to try to go to the next round.”

  6. 'We wanted a bit of support'

    Leicester v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:30 GMT)

    Leicester City

    More from Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: "We’ve still got a number of players out. In total, we’ve got nine players unavailable through Covid and other medical issues. In terms of the Covid side of things, we’re still where we were."

    "We've always wanted to support the measures, and we wanted a bit of support given the circumstances.

    "We’ve got five games in 13 days, it’s a challenging fixture list when you have a full squad, but with the numbers we have, it’s extremely challenging."

  7. 'It'll be a big challenge'

    Leicester v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says that the team's 4-0 win over Newcastle almost didn't take place with the Foxes squad stretched by injury and Covid.

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  8. Post update

    Leicester v Tottenham (19:30 GMT)

    It sounds as if both Tottenham and Leicester would have liked for tomorrow's game to be called off because of their respective Covid outbreaks.

    But the Premier League, which has the power to pull the plug, opted to keep the game on. As it stands.

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    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    Everton manager Rafael Benitez says his team will be operating on the counter-attack at Chelsea. "If you have important players injured, you have to adapt.

    "What we want to do there is be strong in defence and have a good counter attack. We have to manage in a different way."

  10. Calvert-Lewis absence 'a massive difference'

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    More from Everton manager Rafael Benitez: "The fans could see what we were looking for - the intensity, commitment, the way we were playing and everyone was really happy.

    "Last year the squad was around 16 players during the whole season and that means some of them, a lot of them were injury prone.

    "They were losing 30-40% of matches because players were injured. Dominic [Calvert-Lewin) was playing 85% of the games and this year he is playing 18%. It is a massive difference.

    "The majority of the other players are maybe playing more than they expect. As soon as we have key players injured we have had problems. We know we can improve things but you cannot control these things."

  11. 'I am 100% sure we will be much better'

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    More from Everton manager Rafael Benitez: "We will go to January and try to improve the squad and hopefully we can do well and I am sure that we will be much better in the second part of the league and the fans will be happy at the end.

    Asked if this is a bigger job than he expected, Benitez adds: More difficult. I knew about the challenge. At the beginning we identified the problems.

    "After a month we could see the things we wanted to change but Rome was not built in one day. We have also had important injuries in the spine of the team and that is why you can see the team not doing exactly what we are expecting.

    "The attitude of the majority of the players is quite good and they are trying their best. I am 100% sure we will be much better in the second part of the league."

  12. 'Maybe it shows how much detail matters'

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel: "Right now, Mateo Kovacic is released back into training the day after tomorrow. He will have been six or seven weeks out. It will take a while for them to be back up to speed.

    "I think that Romelu can play around 70 minutes. He did so against Zenit, but then we had a lot of travelling, lack of sleep and a very competitive opponent in Leeds so we kept him out of that maelstrom."

    On his side's recent run of conceding goals: "Maybe it shows us how much details matters at the top level and hopefully we will get this consistency in not conceding back in our game. It is essential that have it to win matches in succession.

  13. There's no quick fix to Everton's problems

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    There's been quite a bit of disgruntlement around Goodison Park, after seven defeats in nine matches and with the club's injury problems mounting up.

    So what does Everton manager Rafael Benitez have to say about that: "I was talking today with some senior players and everyone understands it is important to stick together. If you do that later on you will be stronger.

    "I am confident everything will be well and we have to be sure the players are giving everything on the pitch.

    "I was speaking to Mr Moshiri this morning and I've had meetings with the chairman and chief executive. They have experience changing managers and things were not working.

    "What was the feeling of the last few years for any Everton fan? Success or frustration? Everton fans know the problems we have are not something that can be fixed in just five months."

  14. Richarlison understands

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    The Everton manager Rafael Benitez picks up on Richarlison's injury straight away.

    "We knew he had the problem," Benitez said.

    "He wanted to help but we wanted to do the best for the team and him. He understands we were trying to do the best for him and the team. That's it."

  15. Post update

    Now time to hear from the Everton manager himself. Here comes Rafael Benitez...

  16. 'I can only say the best things about him'

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel on whether he will get in contact with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who he coached at Borussia Dortmund: "I will at some point, but also I don't want to distub him. He was a very important player for me, and we had a very important relationship together. I can only say the best things about him as a person and a player. I am sorry to see him in trouble, because that is not a place he should be considering his qualities and character. But I am not involved in what is going on at the club he is at now, and I am not judging what is right and wrong."

  17. 'I said many times we like Conor'

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)


    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel: "N'Golo will be back on the bench tomorrow, while Trevoh Chalobah will be back in the squad. But Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell are still out.

    On the loan of Conor Gallagher to Chelsea: "I have said many times we like Conor and we see his goals and contributions. There is no regret about letting him go on loan, it seems like it is the perfect place for him.

  18. 'Rafa did the right thing'

    Chelsea v Everton (Thurs, 19:45 GMT)



    Everton forward Richarlison says manager Rafael Benitez “did the right thing” when the manager withdrew the Brazilian following a calf tear in Sunday's defeat by Crystal Palace.

    Benitez's decision to substitute Richarlison was greeted with boos by fans when he was taken off after 58 minutes.

    But a scan on Tuesday highlighted the injury, which is set to keep the 24-year-old out for a number of weeks.

    “I am so disappointed to suffer this injury and have to miss games, especially at an important time for the team and with so many points to play for,” Richarlison told

    “It was frustrating I couldn’t stay on the pitch against Crystal Palace but Rafa did the right thing for me and for the team.

    “I wasn’t able to play at my maximum capacity because of the issue with my calf and if I stayed on I would have done more damage and, probably, faced a longer period out of the team."

  19. Aguero career condensed

    Sergio Aguero

    Sergio Aguero's glittering 18-year career began at Independiente, where he became Argentina's youngest top-flight debutant. After three years he moved to Atletico Madrid in 2006 before signing for City in 2011.

    His first season at the Etihad Stadium ended in a career highlight when his stoppage-time winner against QPR snatched top spot from rivals Manchester United and gave City a first title since 1968.

    A decade at the club saw him win five Premier League titles, six League Cups and an FA Cup, scoring 260 goals in 390 appearances.

    His final City appearance ended in the heartbreak of a Champions League final defeat by Chelsea, with another career low point being the 2014 World Cup final loss to Germany.

    He helped Argentina win the Copa America earlier this year, while in fivematches for Barcelona Aguero scored once, in a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

  20. Post update

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Inter Milan are preparing to terminate the contract of Christian Eriksen.

    The Denmark midfielder has not played since his collapsed during his country’s Euro 2020 match against Finland in June.

    It was recently revealed that he had started training again on his own, at a facility arranged by his local club in Denmark.

    There has been no confirmation about whether or where Eriksen is going to resume his professional career.

    However, even if that was the 29-year-old’s wish, it couldn’t happen in Serie A unless he had the ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator) that was inserted following his cardiac arrest removed.

    Inter accept this is impractical and are working towards allowing Eriksen to leave the club.

    Eriksen joined Inter from Tottenham in January 2020 on a four-and-a-half year contract.