Manchester City no longer has its UEFA Champions League destiny in his hands, and defender Bacary Sagna can barely believe it.
If Manchester United wins its last two matches and Arsenal doesn’t lose to Aston Villa, the Red Devils will make the Top Four regardless of what City does against Swansea City on Sunday.
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The veteran fullback, 33, says the UCL semifinalists should be contending for the league, but haven’t found the right level of consistency.
“We had everything in our hands to be the best,” said 33-year-old Sagna. “If we play like we did against Arsenal we are the best team, but we have to play like this all season. We deserve it. We gave it a lot. Of course we are not perfect, of course we could have done better, but we deserve to be in the Champions League places.”
It’s the lament of a man who knows his team underachieved, regardless of whether they make it back to the UCL. Manuel Pellegrini deserved a better fate, but Leicester’s crashing of the Top Four demanded a regular be sacrificed. It could very well be City.