Manchester City last season became the first club to win the four titles played in England, the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and the Community Shield, but the great obsession of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan since in 2011 he bought the club is the Champions League.
The owner of the City has spent almost 1.4 billion in signings during all this time, 560 of them the last three seasons, in which Pep Guardiola has been leading the team. A strong investment focused on raising the precious European scepter.
With the penalty without playing two years in Europe imposed by UEFA, the citizen project can collapse like a house of cards. The coup can be very hard and threatens to energize the sheikh’s ambitions.
In the best scenario, as long as the City’s resource does not prosper, the Manchester club would have no option to win the Champions League the next two courses, but the consequences of the sanction can be devastating.
The absence in the maximum European competition it will be very difficult to retain the main figures of the team, starting with the one who occupies the bench.
Pep Guardiola is very clear that he was hired to win the Champions League, as he has recently recognized, and his future would remain in the air, especially considering the siren songs that Juventus is making him arrive since last summer.
And if it’s not going to be easy to retain the coach and the best players, it will be even harder to seduce new signings. Guardiola had always complained that it was very difficult to compete with teams like Barça or Madrid, so without the option of the Champions League, the market is complicated.
All this without forgetting the economic blow that supposes stop receiving the succulent income generated by the maximum continental competition, starting with the awards granted by UEFA to television rights, through advertising contracts.
Manchester City was competing with PSG for being the new football liner in Europe. This sanction can slow down the progression that had maintained the last seasons, a progression that placed him as a serious candidate to conquer the ‘Orejona’.