Manchester City's success came at a high price

Manchester City Facing a Costly UEFA Champions League Ban

Man City face Champions League ban, protest innocence

Wilder, 51, led United to second place in the Championship behind Norwich City, whose German manager Daniel Farke was also on the shortlist, to earn promotion to the Premier League.

Both Premier League clubs have shown unbelievable fortitude and resilience to make it to the big stage in Madrid, with incredible comebacks for both clubs in the semi-finals.

Earlier, City's representatives had said that they saw the investigation "as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out-of-context publication of City emails".

The club could complete a domestic treble on Saturday if they beat Watford in the FA Cup final (live on ESPN+ at 12 p.m. ET) but a first ever triumph in the Champions League will become a focus again next season.

It remains to be seen whether UEFA will follow through on their threat to kick them out of the Champions League, but at least they appear to be considering this option and giving City a punishment that would really hurt them. This year the team will have the experience of having been there before, they just need to be in excellent shape to come out firing and pressing like they usually do in the swing of the season.

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Luckily now we've got a couple of weeks to recover and get our bodies right - and we'll know we'll be as fresh as we can be going into the final.

Liverpool might have lost out on the Premier League title to Manchester City this season but they still have the chance of ending the season on a high. The Champions League is a major revenue stream for City and many other clubs, and losing that for an entire season could be costly for their future ventures.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the billionaire businessman and member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, bought Manchester City in 2008.

"What happens with them in terms of off the field, in terms of rule breaking, in terms of investigations from Premier League, FA, UEFA and Federation Internationale de Football Association I think will determine where the club goes". Will anyone still be interested in watching the Premier League aside from their relatively modest fanbase?

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