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Manchester City could go from Premier League champions to League Two promotion hopefuls in the space of a year after their two year ban from UEFA competition.
Following Friday's decision by the European governing body, because of City being adjudged to have broken Financial Fair Play rules, the Premier League is set to start its own proceedings.
That could mean a points deduction for the reigning English champions and there's a small chance of relegation to League Two because of an EFL rule, but that seems unlikely. One fan has mocked up what their team could like in the fourth tier next season:
Here's how we line up against @SalfordCityFC today... :arrow_down:- Steven (@StevenMcinerney) February 15, 2020
XI ' Hart, Walker, Harwood-Bellis, Fernandinho (C), Kolarov, Doyle, Zinchenko, Foden, Nasri, Balotelli, Dzeko.
SUBS ' Caballero, Mangala, Zabaleta, Fernando, Navas, Caicedo, Guidetti.
:large_blue_circle: #ManCity #SALMCI pic.twitter.com/sQ4hWP9Bg9
FULL-TIME ' A tough evening for Kompany's men as City spurn a host of chances and concede two late goals after Balotelli's red card midway through the 2nd half...- Steven (@StevenMcinerney) February 15, 2020
:red_circle: 2-0 :large_blue_circle: #ManCity #SALMCI pic.twitter.com/b8uss5mLKI
It's certainly likely that they'll be a huge rush of players out the door if City were relegated from the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola probably leading the charge out the door.
City's youth players would get more of a game though, with Phil Foden barely getting the chance to start for Guardiola's side this season despite the manager often talking the 19-year-old up this season.
The midfielder has started just twice in the league this season, with seven more starts coming across the Carabao and FA Cups and the Champions League.
Fans were already starting to speculate over Guardiola's future, because of how poor City's defence of their title has been this season, and the ban from the Champions League will just add to that thinking.
Winning the Champions League has long been the club and manager's target, with Guardiola not winning in Europe since his Barcelona days, and this season could be their last chance for a couple of years.
The English side face 13 times European champions Real Madrid in the last 16 and all their focus is likely to be on the competition now.
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