With Manchester City Out of the Champions League Which Team Will Take Their Place

With Manchester City Out of the Champions League Which Team Will Take Their Place?

The decision to remove Manchester City from the Champions League next season has sent shockwaves through the world of football, but it opens a possibility for another Premier League team to feature in the biggest club competition in Europe.

Pep Guardiola's side has been banned for two years for breaching financial rules, a decision that is likely to be appealed. After lifting the Premier League title last season, the Champions League is the only major trophy still to elude City after all their years of success. Bwin's graphic on the Champions League knockout stages details how Manchester City have invested heavily in their pursuit of European success. But like PSG, they have so far made no progress despite the millions they have put into the team.

They're still in with a shout this campaign, as Manchester City is one of the favorites to win the Champions League this season but if they do, they won't be able to defend it. Instead, a place will go to another Premier League club who might not have previously qualified. So, who could be the biggest beneficiaries?

Manchester United

Going on current Premier League placings, city rivals Manchester United are most likely to benefit from the decision. They're currently fifth in the table, a position that would only secure a Europa League spot, but could now be a Champions League place.

With Bruno Fernandes settling in nicely, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side looks to be on the up and City's misfortune could be to their ultimate benefit. United have been going through a transitional period, but to be in the Champions League would make them an attractive prospect for new signings in the summer.

Leicester City

Leicester have only qualified for the Champions League once, which came after their surprise title win in 2016. They're currently in a qualification spot and would likely make the tournament anyway, but with Manchester City dropping out it looks even more likely.

For a relatively small club, their season has been nothing short of excellent. They look likely to push Pep Guardiola's side for the second place anyway, led by the pace and power of England striker Jamie Vardy.

Tottenham Hotspur

It's been a tough season for Spurs, who were described as stodgy and negative by the BBC after their recent defeat against RB Leipzig in the Champions League. They made the final last season, only to surrender to Liverpool in a weak display and they've not recovered since.

This campaign has seen a change of manager and they're outside the European spots at the moment, but Manchester City's downfall could offer them some respite. Qualification would certainly be a feather in the cap of new manager Jose Mourinho, desperately trying to recapture his past glories in North London.

Sheffield United

Just three years ago, Sheffield United was in League One facing the likes of Rochdale and Chesterfield. Under Chris Wilder, they've had an exciting rise through the Championship and into the Premier League, where they're currently surprising everyone by sitting just outside the top six.

They're resolute, strong and well organized, a side characterized by their togetherness. They've never played in Europe, aside from the now-defunct Anglo-Italian Cup, but on current form, they could make the top five. If they do, Manchester City's problems could help Wilder's Blades create history.

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