Manchester City is headed to the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in club history, having advanced past Dynamo Kiev 3-1 on aggregate.
Manuel Pellegrini has been open about his goals of reaching new heights in the UCL this season, and now he has done so.
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However, Pellegrini won’t be in Manchester next year, and City may not be in the Champions League either.
Into the last eight, no one really expects City to win the whole thing. That means they must finish in the top-four of the Premier League to qualify for the Champions League next season.
City currently sits fourth on the PL table, two points above West Ham and four points above Manchester United. City and United face off in the Manchester derby next Sunday.
After losing starting center-backs Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi to injury against Kiev, City will likely be forced to field a second-tier defense in the derby. If they were to lose and other results around the league go against them, City could finish the weekend fifth on the table and just a point above sixth.
Pellegrini has already won a Premier League title at City and is leaving in the summer, as there is nothing to lose for the Chilean. His focus is on the Champions League, although the club’s should be on the Premier League.
With the current injury situation and the unpredictability of the Premier League this season, City is far from guaranteed a top-four finish. City signed Pep Guardiola to win the Champions League, not the Europa League.
City certainly has enough talent to secure their spot in the UCL next season, and now is the time to make sure they do. If not, Pellegrini’s farewell tour could end in disaster.