Sky Sports pundit claims Manchester City must secure fourth; but focus could be on Champions League

Manchester City head to Stamford Bridge for the 5:30pm kick-off today, desperately in need of a victory.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has stated the importance of Manchester City securing a top four spot in the Premier league.

With Pep Guardiola due to arrive at the Etihad in the summer, and a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on the horizon, Man City fans have a lot to be excited about, and the former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool man believes it could be that tie against Madrid that hampers their league progress.

He spoke to Sky Sports News about how City's key men could have one eye on the Champions League semi-final:

"It's impossible not to be looking ahead to those Champions League games against Real Madrid, especially for Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne. They are the games they've got to focus on because that's history-making, that's defining, and that's what the owners want. They want to be global and if you win the Champions League, that's what happens."

The Citizens travel to Chelsea in the Premier league today and Redknapp feels as though the outcome of the game will depend heavily on how the Manchester outfit approach proceedings:

"The outcome and flow of the game depends on City and how they approach it. First of all, they have to secure a top-four place and then they want to win the Champions League."

City have disappointed in the Premier league this season, despite a fantastic start when they flew out the blocks with five straight wins. Injuries to key players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Agüero and Vincent Company haven't helped matters, but their progress on the continent has drawn praise from pundits and fans alike.

With most of their injured stars back in first team contention, they should be able to mount one final assault on the Premier league top four, whilst maintaining their mental and physical sharpness for mid-week European competition.


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