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The Barcelona boss is set to confirm he will be leaving the Catalan giants, and we've got some big Premier League games this weekend Follow all the build-up and action LIVE! Don't forget to get in touch via our official Twitter page - @GoalUK!

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17:48 BST

27/04/2012

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is that. Many thanks for all your contributions this afternoon - it's been a pleasure to have your company on this, a hugely important day for Barcelona as Pep Guardiola heads into the wilderness for a well-earned break, as Tito Vilanova takes the reins at Camp Nou.

Don't forget to follow Goal.com UK this weekend for all the Premier League action!

17:30 BST

27/04/2012

With a potentially title-deciding match lying in wait on Monday, we've been pretty quiet on the Manchester derby front thus far today...

Well, here's a little something to whet the appetite: Roberto Mancini has once again affirmed his belief that Utd are title favourites, praising the 'inner strength' of his rivals.

What say you to that, Mancunians? @GoalUK is the place for all your thoughts!

17:20 BST

27/04/2012

Earlier today, I gave you a nod towards comments from Vedran Corluka, who has laid the blame for Tottenham's poor recent run squarely on 'Arry's broad shoulders.

Well, the Spurs boss has been just a little irked by the defender's remarks, and has insisted that his players are culpable for the team's slump.

Either way, it makes for troubling reading for the Spurs faithful, who must surely be desperate for a sign of unity as the season draws to a climax...

"OI! VEDRAN! NO!"

17:13 BST

27/04/2012

FACT: There have been 17 goals in Manchester derby matches this season.
FACT: Out of seven, Newcastle have won as many games as Aston Villa have failed to get three points from - seven.

FACT: I learned these facts from Ten Key Stats ahead of the Premier League weekend. Check out all the important facts and figures ahead of the up-coming clashes - you might surprise yourself by what you could learn...*

*Except the stat about Wolves' recent points tally. Sadly, that does not make for surprise reading.

17:03 BST

27/04/2012

Staying with England - but shifting focus to the Champions League once more - Didier Drogba's been having his say ahead of next month's showpiece final.

The Ivorian is determined to exorcise the ghosts of the 2008 final, when he was issued a red card for slapping Nemanja Vidic, by leading his Chelsea team to their maiden Champions League title.

Judging by his performances against Barca, he could be pivotal to Di Matteo's hopes of finally scratching the owner's biggest itch. What do you make of Drogba's importance to Chelsea this season? @GoalUK is where I wanna hear from y'all!

16:53 BST

27/04/2012

Jumping back to the shores of Blighty for a moment - here's some more from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

While he may be backing Bayern Munich to do his side a favour by stopping Chelsea from seizing the final Champions League spot for next season, the Magpies boss is determined to guarantee his side's return to Europe's elite - by setting his sights on a third-placed finish in the Premier League.

Now THAT would be a turn-up for them ol' books...

16:45 BST

27/04/2012

Earlier, I brought you comments from one Lionel Messi on why he had not been present at Guardiola's press conference - you can read the story of a heartbroken footballer in full here.

Messi was, of course, part of the indomitable youth team coached by Vilanova, so you'd be forgiven for thinking the two might work some magic for the senior side... time will tell...

16:38 BST

27/04/2012

Well ladies and gentlemen, in case you were wondering exactly who Tito Vilanova is... well, wonder no longer!

Goal.com Spain supremo Martin Langer has compiled this brilliant profile of the man emerging from Guardiola's mighty shadow - and it seems there are few better equipped to the task.


Tito - El Rey de los Blaugranas?

16:28 BST

27/04/2012

Another betting salvo for you now, with the ever-savvy Pete Norsted's hottest tips ahead of the weekend's action. A low-scoring Manchester derby and an Aston Villa bouncebackability showcase suggests the smart places to put your money to the test.

And in case you were wondering just what makes Monday night's match such a toughie to call, then have a butcher's at Andrew Kennedy's most excellent appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the Premier League's top two.

16:19 BST

27/04/2012

We're in to the final two hours of this afternoon's LIVE!, so the time feels right for a few different perspectives on this afternoon's news...

That's right, it's Word on the Tweet time! Take a look at our lates haul from the goldmine of Twitter, including the Neville brothers' take on Guardiola's departure.

16:16 BST

27/04/2012

Of course, there's a huge amount of attention being placed on Chelsea v QPR this weekend, with a certain unpleasantness in a certain FA Cup clash still fresh in the minds of many ahead of the meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Well, Chelsea have taken the first step towards ensuring that football does all the talking, releasing a statement on their official website encouraging supporters to 'Make it a great derby' and report any incidents of abuse.

We'll have more on that later, so keep a weathered eye on the horizon...

16:10 BST

27/04/2012

Well I promised you some more Premier League build-up, and despite what the tax authorities would have you believe, I'm good for my promises...

Everton v Fulham looks set to be one of the more intruiging clashes this weekend - you can check out our preview here.

While we're on the subject of the Cottagers, manager Martin Jol has urged striker Pavel Pogrenyak to put pen-to-paper on a long-term deal at the club, amidst continued speculaion linking the big Russian elsewhere. A goal or two tomorrow would lift Fulham above the Toffees, and no doubt add to his growing list of admirers...

16:00 BST

27/04/2012

How about this, Gunners faithful? The north-London legend that is Thierry Henry has admitted he has his eye on the 'dream' job of managing Arsenal in the future.

If and when Arsene Wenger follows Guardiola into the managerial sunset, would Thierry be the right man to replace him? Answers on a postcard @GoalUK...

Lose the beard first, Thierry. Then we'll talk.

15:50 BST

27/04/2012

Time to jump over to the Etihad Stadium for all the latest from the blue half of Manchester:

First up, it seems that the curtain may be about to fall on the career of Owen Hargreaves, with reports suggesting Roberto Mancini will let the player leave at the end of the season after he made just one appearance in a City shirt following his highly-publicised arrival after leaving Man Utd last summer.

Meanwhile, on the subject of players who WILL be donning a blue shirt again - Mancini has admitted he may opt to recall Mario Balotelli for the Manchester derby on Monday night, despite previously saying he would never play for the club again.

Now where have we heard this before...

15:43 BST

27/04/2012

And on the subject of 'Arry's stuttering Spurs, Vedran Corluka - currently on loan from White Hart Lane at Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen - has been scathing of the Spurs boss' tactics in recent weeks, insisting that his decision not to rotate players has cost the team their chance for Champions League qualification.

What do you think? Is he to blame for Tottenham's new-year capitualtion? Have your say @GoalUK.

15:38 BST

27/04/2012

Turning out attentions to Barcelona's conquerors Chelsea for a moment - it seems that both Harry Redknapp and Alan Pardew believe the final to be one bridge too far for the Blues, and are backing Bayern Munich for Champions League glory next month.

This surely has nothing to do with the fact that a Chelsea win would deny Newcastle and Tottenham a Champions League berth for next season...

15:29 BST

27/04/2012

Cesc has also had some words of praise for incoming boss Tito Vilanova, who was the ex-Gunner's coach at youth level:
"Tito, I wish the best in this new opportunity that football has given to him. We were together when I was a kid...
... and he is not just a great person but also an excellent manager."

He might have Fab's backing, but how do you rate Vilanova's chances in the hottest seat in football? Keep your thoughts coming in @GoalUK.

15:22 BST

27/04/2012

Guardiola's departure may have quietened down in the last hour, but here's what Cesc Fabregas has had to say on his Twitter account:
"Although I only was with him for 1 year it felt like a lot more. For me Pep was my hero as a kid...
... and an inspiration as a manager. Thank you for the little time we spent, I will cherish it always."


Pfft. Nice try, Cesc, but I'm not one to be moved by the machinations of football. *dabs at his eyes with a Barcelona scarf*.

15:18 BST

27/04/2012

Well, Arturo Vidal might be being touted with a move away from Juventus, but if Goal of the Week is anything to go by, then it's Claudio Marchisio they should be fighting to keep at the club...

Over 80% of votes went his way for his strike against Roma - hit the link to see all the candidates for this week's prize!

15:10 BST

27/04/2012

It's time for the latest from our sparkling YouTube channel! Hit the link to see the latest edition of The Goal Post, as hosted by the delightful Sian Welby. The Champions League final, Roberto Mancini and some bloke called Balotelli take centre stage this week.

And of course, don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel while you're there!