·28 September 2023
·28 September 2023
City Football Group’s Manchester City and Girona top the Premier League and La Liga, but could both teams compete in the UEFA Champions League?
Manchester City, who won the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the club’s history in June, are bidding to win the Premier League title for a fourth successive season, and will also be expected to finish in the top four, to ensure Champions League qualification for the 2024/25 season.
Pep Guardiola’s side are competing in the European competition for a 13th consecutive year, and started their latest Champions League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Red Star Belgrade at the Etihad Stadium last week.
The Sky Blues, who were knocked-out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, have made an impressive start to the new Premier League season, winning their opening six matches.
Manchester City beat Nottingham Forest last weekend, and are looking to secure a seventh straight Premier League win on Saturday afternoon to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Fellow City Football Group club Girona have also enjoyed an impressive start to life in La Liga, remarkably topping the table after seven games; with six wins and one draw.
The Spanish club are one point ahead of Real Madrid and two points clear of Barcelona, and face Carlo Ancelotti’s side on Saturday evening in La Liga.
Girona’s incredible start to the campaign has led to questions regarding the feasibility of the club being able to play in a UEFA competition, due to strict rules against multi-club ownership set out by UEFA’s regulations.
However, should both Manchester City and Girona qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 2024/25, then a previous report from Mundo Deportivo suggests that both teams could feature in the European competition.
Girona sought clarity towards the end of last year after bidding to secure a Europa Conference League spot, however the club finished 10th in La Liga, after failing to win any of their last five matches.
The City Football Group own a 47% share in Girona, and the Spanish club are one of 13 clubs within the multi-club model.