Guardiola: “We deserve to be there because we have won it on the field. Hopefully, UEFA will be able to allow us to play like this team on Monday and these players deserve it.”
Last updated: 11/07/20 23:52 pm
Pep Guardiola insists that Manchester City deserves its place in the Champions League next season before Monday’s decision on their appeal against a two-year European ban.
Raheem Sterling’s superb hat-trick and goals from Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva earned City a 5-0 success against Brighton at Amex Stadium, which ensured them a second place in the Premier League champion Liverpool and their qualification. for the Champions League next season.
However, the club will find out on Monday the outcome of its appeal against a two-year ban on European club competitions following alleged violations of club licensing and financial fair play rules.
Guardiola, speaking to Sky Sports, says his players deserve to compete next season after securing their place on the field.
“Today we have achieved an incredible challenge, that of mathematical qualification for the Champions League,” he said.
“It’s the challenge that is the minimum requirement for this club. And these players have done it for the last six or seven years.
“We deserve to be there because we have won it on the pitch. Hopefully, UEFA will be able to allow us to play on this team on Monday and these players deserve it.”
Man City’s Euro Ban Decision Expected Monday
Manchester City will know Monday at 9:30 am if their appeal against their two-year European ban is successful, the Sports Arbitration Tribunal (CAS) announced.
Guardiola optimistic about his decision
Manchester City will know Monday at 9:30 am if their appeal against their two-year European ban is successful.
City has always vigorously denied any wrongdoing after being penalized by UEFA’s club financial supervisory body (CFCB) for violating clubs’ rules on financial licensing and fair play, and their appeal against the sanction was heard for three days by the Sports Arbitral Tribunal (CAS) last month.
Speaking at his post-match press conference, city boss Guardiola said he was extremely optimistic about receiving positive news on Monday.
“It’s the decision, so it’s very important, of course,” said the Spaniard about the appeal verdict.
“What we did was win our qualification on the pitch. No one can doubt it.
“In general, the level we played today was fairly similar throughout the season and now we will wait until Monday when UEFA’s decision is made.”
When asked if he hoped the call would be successful, Guardiola replied: “A lot”.
“We are ready for the season finale”
While the hope of winning the Premier League title long ago ended, City is still hoping to add Champions League and FA Cup trophies to the Carabao Cup they won in February.
And Guardiola says his team is now ready for the final stages of the season after their energetic victory over Brighton.
“I was happy with everything tonight – the result and the levels we reached,” he added.
“We are now at a good level and ready to play the last Premier League and Champions League games.
“We forgot the result of Southampton (1-0 defeat last Sunday) because we played incredibly well.
Football is sometimes strange. We just didn’t score there. We are a team that creates many opportunities and today we have converted them. “
Sterling: goals mean nothing, trophies do
Finally, Raheem Sterling thinks his goals will only mean something if they help Manchester City with more silverware.
The English striker brought his total to 17 Premier League goals for the campaign after scoring a hat-trick in City’s 5-0 hitting Brighton on Saturday.
City still hopes to end the season with a triple and Sterling – whose goals on Saturday saw him pass the 30 mark in all club and country competitions – hopes to play his part.
“The most important thing for me is the value of these goals, which they add to the team,” he said. Sky Sports.
“In the end, we are trying to win the FA Cup final and to win the Champions League as well, otherwise these goals really mean nothing.”
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