Can City Use Recent Battles With UEFA to Motivate Their Performances?
Given what has transpired since 2011, there has been a mentality that feels as if Manchester City has constantly combated UEFA. To this day, Manchester City supporters continue to boo the anthem, and it appears that the state of this fragile relationship will continue. But the recent CAS decision will be seen as a victory against UEFA, and this outcome could spark Manchester City’s run to their first Champions League final.
The Sky Blues could use this victory to showcase why they should be allowed to compete in the tournament.
City’s Round of 16 tie with Real Madrid is far from over, but the Sky Blues do hold a slender 2-1 lead following their victory in Madrid. Due to the effects of the coronavirus, the remainder of the competition has been altered. Unlike the traditional two-legged quarterfinal and semifinal matchups, the competition will then turn into a traditional cup competition, where teams will play one-match eliminations.
This could bode well in City’s case, as anything is possible over the course of 90 minutes. To reach the final, the Sky Blues would have to defeat Los Blanco in the Round of 16. Manchester City would then face either Juventus or Olympique Lyonnaise in the quarterfinals, and then one of Bayern München, Chelsea, Barcelona, or Napoli in the semifinals.
Overall, the road to the 2019/20 Champions League final will not be easy. To reach the final, the Sky Blues will have to face the traditional European heavyweights, the same clubs who called for UEFA to ban Manchester City from the competition.
However, the CAS decision may be just the spark Manchester City need to win their first Champions League title. City could use their football and the CAS to demonstrate why they should remain in the competition. There is still a long way to go, but the future could be bright for the Sky Blues.