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Abraham and Mings: We’ll deal with Derby

3:09 Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings are hoping to inspire Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley

Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings are hoping to inspire Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley

Even as Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings gently poke fun at each other, you can still see the admiration between a pair of players who have made all the difference at the front and back for Aston Villa this season.

Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, has scored 26 goals in 39 appearances since arriving last August. Mings, who joined from Bournemouth in January, has been a rock in defence as Villa charged into the play-offs in the second half of the season.

It is hard to imagine that they would be playing in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday without the pair. Especially with Abraham scoring the winning penalty in the semi-final shoot-out against West Brom.

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"This guy stepped up with all the pressure on him and sent us to Wembley, so full credit to him for that because I was nowhere to be seen!" Mings joked, as both men sat down with Sky Sports ahead of their showdown with Derby.

It is not just the penalty that left an impression on Mings. It is Abraham's all-round game that has proved so important for Villa.

"He has everything and he is very difficult to play against," the defender continued. "He is a big lad but he has such good feet for his size, and his goal record speaks for itself.

"He scores so many different types of goals. You know if he gets a chance that he'll put it away more often than not."

Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings have been a huge influence at Villa Park

Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings have been a huge influence at Villa Park

For Abraham, even as he jokes about the fact his team-mate may be more famous for taking his shirt off on Instagram than he is for his defensive ability, the respect is mutual.

"Would I want to play against him? No, he's a beast," the striker said. "He is fast, strong and very good technically. He reads the game very well and is one of the best defenders I have played with.

"It is something we needed and in January he came in and lifted the team. I never fear anything at the back now, and I'm relaxed when he's on the ball because I know he'll find the right pass."

The pair have also helped lift a dressing room that suffered heartbreak in last year's play-off final. Dean Smith has refreshed the club since his arrival and only three or four members of the side that lost to Fulham at Wembley are likely to start again.

"I don't think if you came into the dressing room now that you'd know any of the lads were involved in such a disappointing day last year," Mings said. "It's such a good mixture of people who were and weren't there and it gives us a refreshed outlook on this year's final.

Abraham has scored the goals up front while Mings has been pivotal in defence

Abraham has scored the goals up front while Mings has been pivotal in defence

"If some players are still feeling the heartache from last year, then hopefully we can help them channel that into writing a new script on Monday.

"Throughout my loan spell we have always found ways to win, and hopefully that will stand us in good stead. Against Rotherham I was sent off and we played 60 minutes with 10 men, but we managed to come from behind.

"The West Brom [semi-final] was another one where we had to find another way. We weren't able to break down a very experienced and well-coached team, so we got the job done on penalties.

Abraham agrees, adding: "We never know when we're out and we keep fighting until the last minute. We have a great team. Jack [Grealish] is a great leader, Tyrone at the back.

"We steer each other on and keep going, finding the extra energy to push ourselves."

Naturally, with one defender and one Chelsea loanee sat together, the discussion soon turns to John Terry. There is no doubt that the Villa coach and former England captain has had a massive influence on both men.

Abraham credits him as something of a mentor, and admits he was one of the reasons he joined Villa at the start of the season.

Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry has been a big influence on Abraham and Mings

Aston Villa assistant coach John Terry has been a big influence on Abraham and Mings

"He was on the phone to me every day as soon as he heard the link," the striker said. "He told me it was such a good club and I would love it here, and he was right.

"Even though he doesn't play my position he has always supported me and he has been a massive role model for me."

For Mings, it has been invaluable to have one of the best defenders this country has ever produced in his corner.

"I'm always learning from him," he said. "He is a defender who a lot of people would have in their all-time Premier League XI, so the opportunity to work with him was a huge factor in me coming here.

"After every game we sit down and watch clips of my performance, assessing what I did well and what I can improve. The best defenders are the ones you don't always notice, keeping clean sheets and trying to remain under the radar, letting the strikers get all the adulation!

"He has been a huge help for me."

Chelsea's academy will play a big role in Monday's final. Abraham will line up against friends and team-mates in Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, both of whom have spent the season on loan from Stamford Bridge at Pride Park.

The Chelsea loanees' Whatsapp group has become an infamous part of football folklore recently, but Abraham says there has been no contact between them all as they prepare for the final.

"I've just kept my distance," he said. "We know it's a massive game for both teams and for me it's about focusing on Aston Villa. They have had fantastic seasons at Derby but hopefully I can have the last laugh."

Villa are the favourites, and they beat Derby 4-0 as recently as March. Mings, however, knows underestimating them would be a dangerous game to play.

"They are full of talent and you can't get to this stage of the season if you're not a good team," he said. "They have a lot of spirit and you have to be a threat to score four goals at Elland Road.

"They have a manager who is a winner and players in the dressing room who have won stuff before, but we feel we are in a good position to counter anything they can throw at us. It will be a great game of football for the neutral. But hopefully one we will deal with."

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Watch EFL Play-off Preview Show live

Watch the EFL Play-off Preview Show live at Wembley from 7pm on Sky Sports Football on Friday for build-up to all three finals

Last Updated: 24/05/19 5:54pm

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Watch the EFL Play-off Preview Show via our free live stream here from 7pm

Sky Sports Football will be bringing you a live Play-off Preview Show from Wembley Stadium on Friday evening, to build up to all three finals over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Presenter Scott Minto is joined by guests Don Goodman and EFL podcasters Ali Maxwell and George Elek at the national stadium to preview Saturday's League Two showdown between Newport and Tranmere, Sunday's League One encounter between Charlton and Sunderland, and Monday's £170m Championship clash when Aston Villa and Derby will face off for a place in the Premier League.

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The guests will also reflect on the story of the semi-finals, while Dale Tempest from Sky Bet will be there to discuss the favourites and underdogs, and there will also be a look at the vote for the Championship Goal of the Season.

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All the ways to watch the play-off finals...

All three play-off finals will be live on Sky Sports Football.

Sky Sports subscribers can also stream games via the Sky Sports app or the Sky Go app.

Non-subscribers can watch through NOW TV. A Sky Sports day pass is available for £8.99, a week pass for £14.99 or a month pass for £33.99. NOW TV can be streamed through a computer or apps.

If you can't watch live then you can also follow the action with our live blogs on www.skysports.com and the Sky Sports app, with in-game clips and highlights throughout the match.

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Arsene Wenger: Ex-Arsenal boss ‘might not return to management’

I left my heart with Arsenal - Wenger

Ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is ready to take a new role in football - but has admitted for the first time he might not return to management.

Wenger ended his 22-year Gunners reign after the 2017-18 season and previously stated he intended to take charge of a new club in early 2019.

But the 69-year-old Frenchman told the BBC: "I thought I will come back into management very quickly, but I enjoyed taking a little distance.

"Now I'm at a crossroads."

He added: "You will see me again in football. As a manager... I don't know."

Wenger was speaking at the launch of his partnership with sports technology company PlayerMaker, which he is joining as an investor and operating partner.

It will not prevent him resuming his career in football, but his year out of work has given him a different outlook and may influence his next move.

"In this year I did a lot of charity work, conferences - and I enjoyed it, I must say, to be a little bit less in highlights and less under stress.

"I'm less intense, but I have a better perspective of what's going on. I see the mistakes managers make and I don't pay the price for it.

"I came to the conclusion I want to share what I learned in my life, because I think life is only useful if, at some stage, you share what you know.

"In what way will it be? Will it be in just winning football games, or will it be in another way? That's what I have to decide and that decision will come very quickly.

"Football is still my passion. I will come back soon - but I cannot tell you exactly in what capacity."

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are his 'forever club'

'I miss Arsenal because I left my heart in there'

Wenger won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups after taking charge of Arsenal in 1996, becoming the north London side's longest serving and most successful manager.

"I miss competition and I miss Arsenal because I left my heart in there," he explained.

"I gave my life to this club for 22 years. Every minute of my life was dedicated to this club and I miss the values we developed inside the club.

"I support Arsenal. It will be forever my club."

Europa League final a 'nightmare'

Wenger has yet to attend a Gunners match since his departure, and he will again be watching on television when they face Premier League rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku, Azerbaijan on 29 May.

But he expressed displeasure at the choice of venue, given the travel problems encountered by both sets of supporters and the decision of Arsenal's Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan not to participate because of political tensions between his country and the host nation.

"It's a little bit of a nightmare [for the fans]," said Wenger.

"The teams have no problem. They live in ideal conditions - they have their private jet, nice business seats. But it's the fans.

"That [Mkhitaryan's situation] is something that should not happen in football.

"I feel it's not normal that in 2019 - inside Europe, with very sophisticated democracies - that you cannot play for political reasons."

With Liverpool and Tottenham meeting in the Champions League final, it is an all-Premier League line-up in the two major European showpieces.

Wenger says that is down to the "quality of work" of English teams but also the age of the squads of some of the European giants.

"Many teams who were dominant forces in Europe before - Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus - have collapsed," said the Frenchman.

"Paris St-Germain had a good opportunity to win the Champions League this year and [there has been an] over-ageing of the other dominant forces.

"They have to renew their teams. The players who used to make the difference are a bit overage now.

"That's why we will have a very, very interesting transfer market this summer."


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Antonio Conte: Ex-Chelsea manager set to take charge at Inter Milan

Conte won the 2018 FA Cup against Manchester United in his final game as Chelsea manager

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is set to be appointed as the new Inter Milan manager.

Italian Conte, 49, has been out of the game since he was sacked by Chelsea last July, ending a controversial two years at the club.

Inter are fourth in Serie A and will qualify for next season's Champions League if they beat Empoli on Sunday.

However, it is understood that will not be enough to keep coach Luciano Spalletti in a job.

Chief executive Beppe Marotta, who left Juventus in October, hired Conte while he was in Turin and remains close to him.

Conte won the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge and the FA Cup in his second, but his time at the club was marred by a series of squabbles, which included texting striker Diego Costa to tell him he was no longer wanted.

Prior to that he won three titles in as many season with Juventus before spending two years in charge of Italy.


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Spurs renew interest in Leeds’ Clarke

Last Updated: 23/05/19 4:23pm

Jack Clarke made 25 appearances for Leeds in his debut season

Jack Clarke made 25 appearances for Leeds in his debut season

Tottenham have renewed their interest in Leeds teenager Jack Clarke this summer, Sky Sports News understands.

Spurs have been monitoring the winger this season and Sky Sports News reported their initial interest in January.

Clarke has continued to make an impact under Marcelo Bielsa - one of Mauricio Pochettino's previous mentors - as Leeds missed out on promotion via the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.

5:33 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Leeds and Derby

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final second leg between Leeds and Derby

The 18-year-old, who has home-grown player status and came through the academy at Ellland Road, made 22 league appearances, scoring twice and making two assists.

Spurs would prefer to sign young players under the age of 23 this summer, as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks for a fresh injection of youth into his squad.

Leeds lost 4-3 on aggregate against Derby in the Championship play-off semi-finals

Leeds lost 4-3 on aggregate against Derby in the Championship play-off semi-finals

Along with Manchester United and Juventus, the Champions League finalists are also very interested in Fulham's left wing-back Ryan Sessegnon.

Spurs will look to deal with their contract and transfer business after the Champions League final against Liverpool on June 1, and would like to make additions across their defence, as well in central midfield, at No 10 and on the wing.

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Tottenham are expected to undergo a busy summer of transfer activity with the squad stretched after their run to the final of the Champions League.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani will need to reassess their squad over the summer window, the Whites along with Cardiff and Wigan have recently been linked a move for Portsmouth forward Jamal Lowe.


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