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15th Apr 2016

Pep Guardiola could face a huge conflict of interest in a Man City v Bayern Champs League final

Stranger things have happened...

Simon Lloyd

Now admittedly, quite a few things have to drop into place for this scenario to come about, but if they do, Pep Guardiola will be faced with a bit of a dilemma.

First of all, it requires Manchester United to leapfrog Manchester City in the league and secure a fourth place finish – normally enough to secure a berth in next season’s Champions League. Although they’re currently four points ahead of their neighbours in the league, City face some tough fixtures in the remaining weeks and stranger things have happened in the Premier League run-in.

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Secondly, it requires Liverpool, fresh from their miracle against Borussia Dortmund, to go and win the Europa League – now also enough to earn a place in next year’s Champions League.

If both of these were to occur, City would only be able to secure Champions League football for themselves next season by winning the competition  this year.

SL Benfica v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

If they are kept apart from Bayern Munich in today’s semi-final draw, and both sides progress to the final, Pep Guardiola could end up playing a key role in ensuring that City, the side he will take over in a matter of months time, don’t play Champions League football next season.

Just imagine that….