Barcelona confident of landing Pep Guardiola if Man City Champions League ban is upheld



Posted Sunday, June 28, 2020 by Express.co.uk

Barcelona confident of landing Pep Guardiola if Man City Champions League ban is upheld
Barcelona news: Pep Guardiola could return to the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Barcelona are eyeing a reunion with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona are lining up a move for Pep Guardiola if Manchester City’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a two-year European ban is thrown out. CAS are expected to deliver their verdict in the next couple of weeks after City appealed against UEFA’s ban for serious breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations.

Guardiola who took over as City boss from Manuel Pellegrini four years ago is entering into the final year of his £20 million agreement.

The former Premier League champions, who lost their crown to Liverpool last week, are expected to sit down with Guardiola at the end of the season to discuss his future.

But Barcelona, who only appointed their head coach Quique Setien in January, are confident that Guardiola is open to returning to his home town if City’s ban is upheld.

They have only won the Champions League once in 2015 since the most successful coach in their history left eight years ago after lifting 14 trophies in four seasons.

And they feel it will be easier to persuade him to go back if he is faced with no European competition for two years if he remains with City.

Guardiola's City have been miles behind Premier League champions Liverpool this season.

City are currently 23 points behind the Reds with seven games remaining.

Guardiola has been vocal on the gap between the two sides, with the ex-Barcelona boss hailing Jurgen Klopp's men.

"Congratulations for Liverpool fans, the manager and the players. They are well deserved champions," the City boss said.

"We are far but the other 18 teams are farther. Liverpool didn't drop points so we have to recover for the next season to be more consistent and recover the points we missed this season.

"That is the reality when the gap is like this. Two seasons ago we had 25 points more than Liverpool, now they have the distance.

"In the last ten competitions we have played we have won eight which never happened in this country.

"You cannot win them all, it can happen to miss one. We lost Vincent Kompany and had Aymeric Laporte injured.

"Maybe after winning titles we didn’t get or arrive with the same passion."

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