Pep Guardiola Admits City May Fail to Qualify for the Champions League
Manchester City are at the risk of failing to qualify for the Champions League, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
The incredible admission from the manager comes as his team struggles to put together a run of form that would see them challenge for the title. Manchester City have suffered some disappointing results like the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Everton and the 2-2 draw with Tottenham in which they lost a two-goal lead. As a result, they are outside the contention for the title. While being unable to win the title in his debut campaign will not be seen as a major catastrophe, failure to qualify for the Champions League next season will head to the club quite hard.
City have not failed to qualify for the Champions League since the takeover of the Abu Dhabi owners. They have been able to attract some of the best players in the world largely due to this competition.
Guardiola was widely brought in to win the Champions League and bring a new style of football to the club. Both have yet to materialise. Even though the club would be able to leapfrog Arsenal and Liverpool into the third spot with a victory over Swansea, this will certainly be a season to forget in terms of the domestic form.
“It is possible that we won't qualify. Today we are not in the Champions League (positions).But we are going to see at the end of the season and then you will see my impression (of it). Let us fight until the end. Let me try at least that – fight,” said Guardiola. The manager also admitted that it is almost impossible to straightaway reduce the average age of the team. City have a number of players above the age of 30 making them one of the oldest amongst the top teams.