Man City boss Pep Guardiola makes Champions League claim after Leicester handed boost
Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City will be playing Champions League football next season.
Guardiola’s men clinched the runners-up spot behind Premier League champions Liverpool thanks to a 5-0 thrashing of Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick, with Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva also on target for the visitors.
The club will on Monday discover the outcome of their appeal against a two-year ban from European club competitions following alleged breaches of club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
City boss Guardiola is extremely optimistic about receiving positive news.
“It’s the decision, so it’s so important, of course it is,” the Spaniard said of the appeal verdict.
“What we have done is win our qualification on the pitch. Nobody can doubt about this.
“In general the level we played today was quite similar all the season and now we are going to wait until Monday when the decision of UEFA will be taken.”
Asked if he was hopeful about the appeal being successful, Guardiola replied: “A lot.”
The top four teams in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League – but fifth could be good enough if Man City’s ban is upheld.
Leicester City are fourth with four games to go, one point ahead of Manchester United.
The Foxes were handed a boost on Saturday as third-placed Chelsea lost 3-0 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Brendan Rodgers’ men can go back above Frank Lampard’s side with a draw or win at Bournemouth tonight.