Summary: Tottenham - Manchester City 0:1 (Harry Kane became the club's all-time goalscorer) (Sport1)
Manchester City has been in great uncertainty since the announcement that the team has been accused of breaching nearly 100 counts of financial misconduct.
The team could suffer very heavy punishments, including relegation and reduction of points, and now the club is dealing with the pressure on the shoulders of coach Pep Guardiola, who according to reports is expected to decide to leave - possibly even before the punishments the team will receive become clear.
The group will now enter a long legal process that will include appeals from both sides.
But whatever is decided, in England they claim that the fear is that Guardiola will not be around to face the punishment.
The shocking Manchester City news comes shortly after Guardiola hinted that he may be considering his future.
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City is sure of its innocence, in England they expect "extreme punishment,
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Guardiola (Photo: Reuters)
They also claim in England that those who are exerting heavy pressure on the management of the Premier League are City's rivals from the "big six": Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.
"Representatives from the six teams are pushing hard for City to be severely punished, and demand that the team be kicked out of the league," reports Sky Sports, "City's rivals believe that taking titles from the team in retrospect is meaningless, and of course the fine has no real effect either, so they are asking for it to be kicked out of the Premier League." .
As you know, City has won six championships in the last 11 seasons.
By the way - if the six championships are taken from her and go to her runners-up, three will go to United and three to Liverpool.
"The teams are angry that over the years they did everything to comply with the rules and restrictions of the Fireplay and fought for the title in a fair way, while City did everything they could from a financial point of view, without restrictions," it said.
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Bellingham (Photo: Reuters)
As you may remember, Manchester City was already accused of improper financial conduct and was suspended from Europe, but the punishment was canceled by the "Cas".
Guardiola defended the club at the time, but claimed he might resign if he found out that club bosses had lied to him about his financial dealings.
It is now claimed that City knew about the investigation, but actually thought Guardiola would leave long before its results were published.
As you may recall, UEFA also previously conducted an extensive investigation into City's conduct, but then the charges were dismissed due to the statute of limitations - something that cannot happen in the Premier League's investigation. One of UEFA's investigators, Yves Latrem, says that "we had solid evidence, I am convinced that Manchester City cheated" and claims: "The Premier League will not encounter the problems of the statute of limitations like we did. We could not use important elements. During the investigation from the club there was a very partial transfer of information on their part about the financial conduct. With a battery of lawyers and jurists, they did everything to cancel our claims and those of our accountants. In addition, we could not appeal the decision of CAS, with arbitrators who always reduce the penalties."
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The rivals claim: we fought hard within the rules, and City did what it wanted.
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In addition, Manchester City is very afraid that the affair will seriously damage the team from a professional point of view.
Jude Bellingham was one of the players marked as a target for acquisition in the summer, it was also claimed that Guardiola wanted two more new midfielders, a winger and at least one more defender - but now the team is afraid that the legal process will make it difficult for them to acquire players and keep away from them acquisition players.
Be that as it may, the coach faces a very difficult task in the coming months remaining to the end of the season: to keep the championship title, against the background of the incessant noise.
Arsenal are currently the big favorites to win the title, five points ahead of City with a game in hand.
At the weekend, City will host Aston Villa and then they will travel to the Emirates, where they will host Arsenal for a game that could decide the identity of the next champion.