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Manchester City were last week hit by a ban by European football’s governing body, UEFA as the club has been banished from the Champions League for the next two seasons after “serious breaches” of financial fair play rules.
This means that the team who ends in fifth will qualify for the Champions League next season. However, City are set to appeal the decision and take it up to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard isn’t looking at fifth position and will prefer that his side ends up in fourth.
Lampard said after the defeat to Manchester United: “When there is a question mark or an appeal we can’t get ourselves caught up in what may be. All we can do is say we are fourth so it’s in our hands.
“The gap has closed but I don’t think many expected us to be fourth at this stage of the season. The fight starts now. We can’t affect the Man City situation much. We’re in fourth place by a point, so the season starts here to that effect.”
Chelsea’s grip on fourth is now low as the Blues are only a point ahead of Tottenham, two points ahead of Sheffield United and three points ahead of Manchester United.