“Only one position has been confirmed and that’s the first”: Graeme Souness believes that up to six clubs can qualify for the Champions League after the two-year ban from Manchester City
- Man City received a two-year ban on the Champions League for FFP violations
- As a result, fifth place in the Premier League can mean automatic qualification
- Graeme Souness says teams won’t think about that specifically
Graeme Souness says that ‘half a dozen’ clubs can qualify for the top five and possibly Champions League football after the European ban from Manchester City.
The champions received a two-year suspension of the Champions League by UEFA on Friday for violation of financial fair play rules – City has said it will appeal against the judgment in the Arbitration Court for Sport.
Given City’s current second position in the Premier League, this could mean that fifth place qualifies for the Champions League and former Liverpool captain Souness believes that although teams will not change their approach because of the verdict, European football is still very up for grabs.
Graeme Souness says that other clubs will not consciously think about fifth place
The extra place in the Champions League could become available due to the two-year ban on Man City
Speak about Sky Sports, Souness said: ‘Half a dozen clubs will think they can finish fifth.
“Only one position has been confirmed and that is Liverpool. You want to play in the Champions League and compete against the best players.
‘In this phase of the season everything is very fun to play for. Regardless of the city, they [other clubs] will think that they can close the season well. “
Chris Hughton, former Brighton and Newcastle manager, agreed with Souness’ sentiment.
Manager Chris Wilder has assisted Sheffield United in the battle for a Champions League place
‘I do not think so [other clubs] think about it carefully, “Hughton said.
‘Wolves, Sheffield United and Everton are doing a fantastic job. They are thinking about making a good end to the season, but for the president and the owners of the club this may come to mind. “
Sheffield United, who was promoted from the championship, currently occupies fifth place in the Premier League table, while Chelsea is in fourth place.