Manchester City face difficult Champions League future

Manchester City could find themselves in the same Champions League group as Real Madrid or Barcelona when the fixtures are drawn for next season’s competition, after it emerged the Premier League champions were unlikely to be one of the seeded teams, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Despite pipping Manchester United to the post by the most slender of margins to claim a first league title since 1968, City’s poor performance in this year’s Champions League did not do enough to lift their UEFA ranking out of the second tier. City were eliminated from the Champions League at the group stage and did not progress far enough in the Europa League.

The seedings are based on past performance in Europe, dating back to 2007-08. The Telegraph adds that since City were out of European competition for much of that time, their position suffers accordingly. It is a problem faced by the likes of Juventus, the new champions of Serie A but who missed European football in recent years, and German champions Borussia Dortmund, who will be in the fourth pot. A worst case scenario could see City in the same group as Dortmund, Juventus and Real Madrid.

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