TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan believes Manchester City will eventually switch their focus towards the Champions League after falling nine points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League at the weekend.
City’s 3-1 defeat leaves their title rivals in prime position to claim the Premier League from their own grasp, and with Pep Guardiola’s side dropping to fourth place after their latest setback, Jordan feels attention will turn to the ever-elusive Champions League.
European football’s biggest prize has never been won by the blue half of Manchester, with a semi-final appearance in the 2015/16 season City’s best performance in the competition to date.
He said: “If you’re Manchester City, and you’re Sheikh Mansour, and you’ve had this club for 11 years, and you look at it and say ‘we’ve won this, we’ve won that – the one thing we haven’t won is the Champions League’.
“I think it would have been on their radar to try and achieve this holy grail that must be at the forefront of the ownership’s mind, that that’s the biggest club bauble that they haven’t got – and I suspect they will be pursuing Liverpool with great vigour, but I would anticipate that sooner rather than later, Man City are going to hunker down on the Champions League.”
Jordan’s take on City’s current situation makes sense, with the Champions League arguably representing one of their better chances of success this season as Liverpool threaten to run away in the Premier League title race.
Prospective domestic cup triumphs are still on the cards, though in terms of the project undertaken by their owners, it would be understandable if the onus went on securing the one major trophy they have been unable to claim as yet.
At nine points off the pace in the league, City could well be better placed in focusing their efforts elsewhere, as on the face of it, making their campaign a seven-game season after Christmas may improve their chances of glory.
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