Sheffield United in the big time and Arsenal given hope … what does Manchester City’s ban on the Champions League mean for the rest of the Premier League?
- Manchester City has been banned from Europe for two seasons
- The ban is due to the club’s breach of Financial Fair Play rules by spending too much money
- Sportsmail examines the implications for other Premier League teams
- The ruling may have consequences for Sheffield United, Arsenal and Everton
Manchester City has been hit with a two-year ban on European football sanctioned by UEFA.
The ruling, due to City’s violation of Financial Fair Play rules, is a serious blow to the current Premier League champions, as the Champions League is the only trophy that has escaped them since manager Pep’s arrival Guardiola in 2016.
City has appealed against UEFA’s prohibition, which could change the situation – but if the ruling is upheld, this will lead to shock waves running through European football. Sportsmail looks at the implications of City’s possible ruling for other Premier League clubs …
Manchester City is no longer allowed to play in Europe for two years because of UEFA
Sheffield United in the Champions League?
It means that Sheffield United could qualify for the Champions League by finishing in fifth place
An important question on the lips of many Premier League clubs is who will take the Champions League place of City when the Citizens finish in the top four.
Although UEFA and the Premier League have not confirmed what will happen with regard to the qualifying locations of England, UEFA rule 4.08 says:
‘A club that is not admitted to the competition is replaced by the next best placed club in the highest domestic championship of the same association, provided that the new club meets the admission criteria. A possible solution is that fifth place that qualifies for Europe’s largest club competition. ”
This would mean that Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United – currently occupying fifth position with a dozen Premier League games to go – is in pole position to qualify for the Champions League as Manchester City finishes in the top four.
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The Blades were in the third row of England just over three years ago and played in the championship last season, meaning that potential tires against Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain would slow down a meteoric rise on Wilder’s side.
It would also mean that Sheffield United could attract some of the top European players, which would have long-term benefits in terms of club status.
That said, given the performance of Oliver Norwood, John Fleck and Lys Mousset this season, why would Wilder want to replace it?
The grasp of fifth place in Sheffield United could go out of their hands if Tottenham defeated Aston Villa on Sunday, with Jose Mourinho side two points behind the Blades with a game in hand.
Arsenal and Manchester United give hope
Mikel Arteta (right) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) could get Champions League boosts
The seasons of Arsenal and Manchester United – both of which until now can only be described as disastrous – have just been brought to life.
The Red Devils of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were six points behind the Champions League places before City’s decision – now that difference has been reduced to four in view of the potential fifth place for Europe’s best club competition.
Meanwhile, Arsenal is currently ten points behind Chelsea in fourth place as Champions League football next season seemed a bridge too far for new head coach Mikel Arteta.
However, if the Gunners beat Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, they can close the gap in fifth place Sheffield United to just five points.
Both Arsenal and Manchester United, in addition to Wolverhampton Wanderers, have also won the Europa League as a potential way to the actual Champions League of next season – but their end to the domestic season has just become interesting.
Carlo Ancelotti Everton with eyes on Europe
Could Carlo Ancelotti reach next year’s Champions League with Everton?
When Carlo Ancelotti took over as Everton’s boss, the Toffees were in 15th place and were four points above the relegation zone.
After a small revival devised by the Italian in Goodison Park, Everton is now looking forward to qualifying for Europe next season, with spots in both the Champions League and the Europa League up for grabs.
The Toffees are currently in seventh place – two points behind Sheffield United and five points behind the former Chelsea club of Ancelotti in fourth place.
The Toffees have risen from the 15th to the 7th under the reign of Ancelotti so far – with Europe in sight
If Manchester City defeats Aston Villa in the League Cup final and a top-four club wins the FA Cup in May, eighth place would qualify for the Europa League.
Goodison Park has seen only two European campaigns in the last nine seasons, so qualifying for Europe confirms Ancelotti’s position as a favorite with Everton fans.
But since Ancelotti has won the Champions League three times as a manager, he can just imagine his chances of having his new team play with the big boys.