Once the dust settles after Liverpool’s postponed trip to Old Trafford and the heated protests by Manchester United fans, one thing becomes clear.
Dare we say it, not playing this weekend actually did Jurgen Klopp’s men a favor.
Had the Reds beaten Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to keep their low hopes of finishing in the top four, Man City would have been crowned champions and left free to focus on their Champions League exploits.
After reserving their place in the final after beating Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, Pep Guardiola’s men will soon officially steal the title from Liverpool and will be able to focus on Europe for the remaining weeks of the season.
But with the Reds not playing this weekend, City have the opportunity to win the title themselves when they return to the championship on Saturday.
Their next opponents? Chelsea, fourth, at home in Saturday’s kick-off at 5.30pm ahead of Liverpool’s night-time clash with Southampton.
This season, City have been undisputed champions and have conquered virtually everything that awaits them.
But if ever a team had a chance to topple City, it would be deadlocked on the back of a Champions League semi-final second leg with the title already won.
Of course, Chelsea have their own Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid to prepare for before heading to the Etihad, and have already reserved their place for the FA Cup final.
But Londoners face a scorching couple of weeks with home encounters against Arsenal and Leicester City sandwiched for a final cup clash with the Foxes ahead of a final day trip to Aston Villa.
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Boasting a seven-point advantage over Liverpool, who now have a game in hand, for that final Champions League spot, Thomas Tuchel’s side are in the driver’s seat to qualify for the top European competition of the year. next.
But with other distractions to come, that status is by no means certain.
And with Liverpool’s postponed game against Manchester United ensuring Chelsea’s trip to the Etihad is not a dead end for Man City, pressure remains firmly on the Blues as Klopp’s men look to pounce on any potential mistakes. in the race for fourth place.