Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City deserve their place in next season’s Champions League ahead of Monday’s decision on their appeal against a two-year European ban.
Raheem Sterling’s superb hat-trick and goals from Gabriel Jesus and Bernardo Silva earned City a 5-0 success against Brighton at the Amex Stadium, which assures them of finishing runners-up to Premier League champions Liverpool and secures them qualification to the Champions League next season.
However, the club will on Monday discover the outcome of their appeal against a two-year ban from European club competitions following alleged breaches of club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
Guardiola, speaking to Sky Sports, says his players deserve to be in next season’s compeition after earning their place on the pitch.
“Today we achieved one incredible challenge, which is qualification for the Champions League mathematically,” he said.
“That is the challenge that is the minimum requirement for this club. And these players have done it for the last six or seven years.
“We deserve to be there because we won it on the pitch. Hopefully on Monday UEFA can allow us to play like this team and these players deserve to.”