“I have a lot of confidence and trust with the people that we will be allowed to play the Champions League, because we want to be on the field during these years,” City boss said
By PA Media
Last Updated: 04/07/20 10:30pm
Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City will overturn their Champions League ban.
City are expecting a judgement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport over their appeal against their expulsion from European competition on July 13.
The club were barred from UEFA competitions for just two years by the European governing human body in February after being found guilty of breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.
Their case was heard by CAS last month and the club have been bullish in regards to the potential outcome.
City boss Guardiola said: “We are set. I have lots of confidence and trust with the people that people will be allowed to play the Champions League, because we want to be on the field of these years.
“On July 13 we will know the resolution, hopefully, for the club – all the workers, players and everyone here, staff – to try to keep on growing up as a club within the next years.”
Amid the off-field issues, City remain involved with this year’s Champions League competition, that is now because of resume in August.
City hold a 2-1 lead over Real Madrid following the first leg of their last-16 tie.
There is still uncertainty over where in actuality the return match will be played – the second leg will be played in Portugal if City can’t host the overall game at the Etihad Stadium – but Guardiola is set to be in the perfect shape for the game.
City could have surrendered their Premier League title to Liverpool but their form since football resumed following the Covid-19 stoppage has been good.
On Thursday they thrashed the newest champions 4-0 and Guardiola feels which was a positive sign.
“Every game is different but I can not deny beating Liverpool just how we did (was good),” said Guardiola, whose side go Southampton on Sunday.
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“Football is approximately feelings, moments. Sometimes your mood is up, it is sometimes down whenever you face these games, but we can say we beat maybe the most effective team on the planet right now. So we can take action.
“But every game is significantly diffent, (FA Cup opponents) Arsenal play different, Madrid play different. Each game you must adjust the qualities.
“What I’d like is to get to the best conditions possible to these games and after put mentality on the pitch.
“These games are not won with tactics or ideas, it is desire. We want to do it. When one team wants to do it – okay they can be beaten – but it will not be easy for the opponent.”
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