Premier League

The race for the Champions League - Man Utd stumble

Man City's victory against CAS on Monday has meant we are back to a top four qualifying for the Champions League - but who will it be?

 
3:00pm on Tuesday 14th July 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

The Premier League is reaching its climax, and with Manchester City now restored to the Champions League, we are back to having a top-four qualification for Europe’s elite club competition.

Since City were initially banned, clubs further down the league retained hope that, should they finish fifth, they would qualify in City’s place.

With that now not being the case, points are more vital than ever as we enter the final three matches of the season.Both City and champions Liverpool have already secured their spots, which leaves two up for grabs.

STANDOUT FIXTURES

When we look to the final games of the season in a couple of weeks, we have Leicester facing Man Utd at home and Wolves hosting Chelsea, meaning that four of the five contenders may face a make-or-break scenario on the final day.

The entire picture could have changed significantly on Monday if Man Utd had managed to defeat Southampton, but they failed after Michael Obafemi scored in the last minute to make it 2-2. If the Red Devils had claimed all three points they would have jumped into third, but for now they remain in fifth.

Leicester have fallen apart since the league returned, having picked up just one win in six. Before the league was postponed they were eight points clear of Man Utd in fifth, and they are now level.

It isn't just the results, either, it's the performances. They may have took the lead against Bournemouth on Sunday, but their capitulation will be worrying for Rodgers, as they eventually allowed the Cherries, who could not buy a win beforehand, to overturn a 1-0 deficit to win 4-1.

Next, they face Sheffield United, then Tottenham, then Man Utd. At the moment, you can't see how they will collect any points from those fixtures.

It looks to be between Man Utd, Chelsea, and Leicester for the last two spots. Not only have United been the in-form team in the league of late, up until Southampton, but they have arguably been the best to watch.

Solskjaer has found a system which brings out the very best in Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood, while Bruno Fernandes will likely go down as one of the club's greatest ever January signings with the impact he has made since signing from Sporting.

For Chelsea, they were poor against the Blades on Saturday, eventually losing 3-0 after their defensive weaknesses were once again exposed in ruthless fashion by Chris Wilder's side.However, they haven't lost two games in a row since December, and after their last defeat against West Ham, they won two on the bounce against Watford and Crystal Palace.

Luckily for Frank Lampard's side, too, is the fact they have already relegated Norwich up next, which should represent a guaranteed three points.

Latest news

Barcelona

Five news stories that show Barcelona's meltdown is getting worse

Messi might be staying, but virtually every other piece of news emanating from the club isn't good at the moment

  • 1 hour
Bundesliga

Sancho tipped to become better than Cristiano Ronaldo

Raphael Guerreiro reckons the sky is the limit for his young Dortmund colleague

  • 2 hours
Premier League

Man City sign another Barcelona starlet

16-year-old Juan Larios is the latest recruit for the Manchester City Academy in what has been a busy summer

  • 3 hours
Transfers

Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool: Worth it?

The cultured Spanish midfielder is all set for a move to Anfield, but is it a deal that works for all parties?

  • 4 hours
Premier League

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line-up at Stamford Bridge

Both teams enjoyed victories in their respective opening matches of the Premier League season last weekend

  • 5 hours
Bundesliga

Gnabry, Kimmich, Sane: Player Ratings and Performances v Schalke

The Bundesliga champions started their 2020/21 campaign in emphatic fashion on Friday as they destroyed Schalke

  • 6 hours

Most read

Other interesting players

  1. image description Kai Havertz AM (CR)
    Chelsea 95
  2. Liverpool 94
  3. Liverpool 93
  4. image description Kevin De Bruyne M, AM (C)
    Man City 93
  5. image description Bruno Fernandes AM, M (C)
    Man Utd 92
  6. Man City 92
  7. image description Raheem Sterling W, AM (L)
    Man City 91
  8. Man Utd 89
  9. image description PE Aubameyang F (C), AM (L)
    Arsenal 89
  10. Leicester City 89