Without a doubt, the appearance of Manchester City pretty much changed the landscape of the entire European football. The rise of the Citizens made an impact that eclipsed the boundaries of English Premier Football.
Their spendings were something which revolutionized football in general, and even though many try to make comparisons with other clubs, that can’t be the case. Since they stepped up and started shopping on the market, everything changed. Transfers became super-high, involving hundreds of millions of euros or dollars, and several experts on the economy in football claim that the Sky-Blues caused this.
Yet, things are different now. The most dominant English club in the last decade received a suspension from UEFA after violating the Financial Fair Play rules, which wasn’t the first time by the way.. We won’t go into further details of that matter but, instead, proceed with the consequences of the same. As you all know City is arguably the best team in Europe and the top candidate for winning the Champions League.
Odds on them to lift the trophy are at 7/2. Behind Guardiola’s crew comes Bayern Munich at 11/2, and Barca with 6/1. Paris Saint Germain is 8/1, with Juventus following the quartet on 9/1. In the second echelon are Atletico Madrid 11/1, Red Bull Salzburg 16/1, Atalanta 35/1. On this link, you have more odds and offers, but also football tips for your selections.
As you can see, the Sky-Blues are far ahead of all other rivals. Now imagine the Champions League without them. You’ll have several teams with the same prospects for winning the silverware. You know, that does sound interesting, but still, having one big name which stands above others is always making things more appealing to the fans.
Everybody is talking is there a side who can defeat or eliminate that favorite, or make a sensation, etc.
Though once mentioning the Champions League, we need to add that City still didn’t conclude its round of 16 matchups against Real Madrid. Several of the other sides from the list already advanced to the quarterfinals but not the Citizens.
They won the first match against the Los Blancos in Madrid, 1-2, coming back from behind and displaying superb mental strength and relentless mindset. Manchester’s win in the rematch is 3/5, and the draw is 22/5, and Real’s victory is set at 5/1. An efficient match is expected, which is why both teams to score is just 1/2, while on the other side, one of the participants not to the net is 13/5. After all, these sides have tremendous attacking potential, and it would be odd not to see a flood of goals. By the way, over 3.5 goals is 11/5, and the opposite, that is, under 2.5 is 7/10.
The offense has been one of the City’s most potent weapons because of all the superb players they had. It is very possible to see some of them leaving after this campaign, because they don’t want to miss playing international matches. Jesus, Sterling, De Bruyne, fantastic Bernardo Silva, etc, some of them would leave for sure.
Imagine now what would be for one team and one league to have De Bruyne or, Gabriel Jesus. We are not mentioning Aguero, as he already indicated that leaving Etihad is not an option for him despite the current situation. All these players could easily shift the balance of power in European football, and their dispersion would make things more interesting.
Another consequence of the City’s ban from the European competitions is a struggling fight for the UCL spot in the Premiership. The Sky-Blues are currently second, which means that the fifth in the standings will earn a ticket for the most prominent competition in the world. There are several teams involved in the hunt.
Chelsea has the best chances, and the odds on them to qualify are 1/5. Manchester United comes next with 4/9, and behind them Wolverhampton, 10/3. Nuno Espirito Santo’s guys are pretty motivated to wind up among the European elite, and they aim to do it either here or through the Europa League. Tottenham and Mourinho are at 9/2, with Arsenal 7/1, and Sheffield 13/2 closing the list.
As you might see, City’s ban complicated things a lot, and we can expect to see them even more confused in the future.