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Manchester City stars joke during training while they want to forget the ban on the Champions League

No worries about the Champions League? Manchester City plays laugh and joke during training while the men of Pep Guardiola prepare for the visit of West Ham while forgetting to forget the two-year spell of European competitions

  • The Man City stars of Pep Guardiola enjoyed a training session on Tuesday afternoon
  • There was a jovial atmosphere during the session when the players shared a smile and a joke
  • It comes days after City was banned from the Champions League for two years
  • Guardiola tries to focus the attention of his team on matters on the field

It seemed that Pep Guardiola’s team did not worry on Tuesday when the stars of Manchester City laughed and joked with each other during a training session.

Riyad Mahrez and Co were in a jovial mood as they prepared for West Ham’s re-planned visit to Etihad on Wednesday, after the game was initially postponed by Storm Ciara.

It seems that Friday’s announcement that the club will be excluded from participating in European competitions for the next two seasons has not been forgotten and that the whole situation has brought them closer as a group.

Bernardo Silva (left), Riyad Mahrez (center) and Joao Cancelo (right) laugh during the training

Bernardo Silva (left), Riyad Mahrez (center) and Joao Cancelo (right) laugh during the training

The players from Manchester City were in a jovial mood during Tuesday's session

The players from Manchester City were in a jovial mood during Tuesday's session

The players from Manchester City were in a jovial mood during Tuesday’s session

City is also faced with the possibility of being stripped of their won Premier League title in 2014 if a separate Premier League investigation found that they had violated financial rules – something that the club strongly denies.

The city believes they can overturn the ruling and is preparing to bring the case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport – which lowered the Chelsea transfer ban on appeal from two to one earlier this season.

While their future remains muddy for the foreseeable future, Guardiola is desperate to focus his players’ attention on their game against the Hammers in the Etihad.

Guardiola has yet to publicly comment on the ban, but will brace himself for questions, including about his own future, during his post-match press conference.

Kyle Walker makes the photographers smile while he enters the training fields

Kyle Walker makes the photographers smile while he enters the training fields

Kyle Walker makes the photographers smile while he enters the training fields

Gabriel Jesus cuts a relaxed figure while using his shoulder to keep the ball in the air

Gabriel Jesus cuts a relaxed figure while using his shoulder to keep the ball in the air

Gabriel Jesus cuts a relaxed figure while using his shoulder to keep the ball in the air

Kevin de Bruyne stretches out to get the ball under control as he prepares for the visit of West Ham on Wednesday

Kevin de Bruyne stretches out to get the ball under control as he prepares for the visit of West Ham on Wednesday

Kevin de Bruyne stretches out to get the ball under control as he prepares for the visit of West Ham on Wednesday

City said on Friday evening that they would appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and described the trial as “defective and consistently leaked.”

Club director Ferran Soriano personally informed the players when they returned to training on Saturday afternoon.

City will offer to bring Liverpool’s huge lead at the top of the table back to 22 points when they come back into action after their winter break.

Amid all off-field uncertainty, City fans will seek comfort in the possible return to the theorem of Leroy Sane, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte, all of whom were shown in training.

Sane has not played since the tear of a cruciate ligament in the Community Shield’s victory over Liverpool in August.

Phil Foden laughs during training while the City players take their course

Phil Foden laughs during training while the City players take their course

Phil Foden laughs during training while the City players take their course

Mendy has missed the last four games due to an unspecified knock and the French central half Laporte has been able to play only one game since repairing a knee strap injury sustained in August.

Their return to fitness will be a huge boost for Guardiola, whose side ranks above Leicester in third place.

Raheem Sterling is missing due to a hamstring injury and Oleksandr Zinchenko is suspended after being fired for two bookable offenses in City’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham’s previous timeout.

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