UEFA decision could give Man City the Champions League boost they needed

That means the winner of this season's competition will play two games less than every previous champion, but the coronavirus pandemic has shaken the football calendar in a way that could never have been foreseen, and this is the best solution to a difficult situation. Add to that their record in the Premier League over the last two seasons of building winning runs in busy fixture schedules, and any lingering doubts among Guardiola's men might be no more. After the fine margins of last season's VAR exit to Spurs, and the injustice they feel they have suffered at the hands of UEFA this year, City might have finally been given the slice of luck they need when it comes to the Champions League.