Guardiola hopeful City’s UCL ban will be overturned after seeing proof

Pep Guardiola is confident that Manchester City can take their fight against their expulsion from the UEFA Champions League to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Citizens have claimed to have irrefutable evidence that supports their case and are appealing against the two-year ban from Europe’s elite club competition due to Finacial Fair Play breaches.

Guardiola who reiterated his commitment to the club last week revealed that he has seen this evidence and is strongly backing the fight against the UEFA-imposed ban.

He said: “We were under suspicion for a long time but we have the right to appeal. I trust the people in my club. They have explained the reasons and shown me arguments and the proof, and we are optimistic that finally if we deserve to be in the Champions League next season, we can do it.

“If it doesn’t happen we have to accept and move forward with the people who want to stay but we are going to see what happens with CAS.”

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The City manager was speaking in a press conference at the Bernabeu in preparation for the first leg of the R16 Champions League tie against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

He said: “No way! These players will have a lot of chances to win the Champions League.

“This season is a big opportunity. I know we play the king of this competition and we know the challenge in front of us but, at the same time, it’s not the last one.

“When you die, after there are no more chances. But in life, if you are in this business and you want to train and play, you never know what is going to happen. There is no special motivation.”

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Meanwhile, David Silva who could be in his final season at the club insisted that players were not thinking about the matter but were focused on the game against the Los Blancos.

The 34-year-old said: “It is not on us. We have to be focused on playing. After the club is working on it. We have nothing to do with that.”

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