PEP'S DREAM IN RUINS; 46 IRISH DAILY MIRROR SATURDAY 15.02.2020 MANCHESTER CITY SENSATIONUEFA Ban Could Have Sealed Guardiola's Fate but May Also Rip Apart the Double Premier League Title-Winning Squad and Cost Them Their Status as One of European Football's Golden Superclubs

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PEP'S DREAM IN RUINS; 46 IRISH DAILY MIRROR SATURDAY 15.02.2020 MANCHESTER CITY SENSATIONUEFA Ban Could Have Sealed Guardiola's Fate but May Also Rip Apart the Double Premier League Title-Winning Squad and Cost Them Their Status as One of European Football's Golden Superclubs


Byline: DAVID MCDONNELL @DiscoMirror

PEP GUARDIOLA claimed he could be sacked by Manchester City if he fails to lead them to Champions League success this season.

But it is UEFA who may ultimately have sealed Guardiola's fate, after European football's governing body banned City e from the Champions League for two years.

Their exile from European football's most prestigious and lucrative competition, for breaking Financial Fair Play rules, is a savage blow to the reputation of the world's richest club.

But the bigger concern for City is where the decision leaves Guardiola, whose future is now in even graver doubt set against the backdrop of the club's Champions League expulsion.

The ban facing them could end up ripping apart their double Premier League titr title-winning squad, with many players ready to move elsewhere to enable them to play at the highest level in Europe.

Guardiola was brought to City to deliver the Champions League and, after leading them to back-to-back league titles with record-breaking totals, conquering Europe was the next step for the Blues.

But that ambition is now in ruins, unless Guardiola can manage to deliver the Champions League this season, before they begin their two-year suspension for "serious" breaches of FFP.

Guardiola is already wanted by Europe's top clubs, including Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain and the imminent ban will test his loyalty to City, with one year remaining on his current contract.

The 49-year-old has prided himself on never having broken a contract at previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich and has been adamant he will see out his existing deal.

But is arguably the most coveted boss in world football going to stay at a club where the extent of the challenge for the next two years is the domestic title, assuming City's appeal fails? …

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