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Pep Guardiola insists he will not be losing sleep as Manchester City anxiously wait to discover whether they will be eligible to participate in next season's Champions League.

City will today learn if their appeal against a two-year European ban for alleged breaches of club licensing and financial fair play regulations has been successful.

The club have done all they can to qualify on the pitch after Saturday evening's 5-0 thrashing of Brighton assured them of finishing runners-up to runaway Premier League champions Liverpool.

City boss Guardiola accepts the decision is out of his hands but believes there are strong grounds for the sanction to be overturned and is hopeful of a favourable outcome.

"I am going to sleep because I cannot do anything. I would love to do something but I can't," said Guardiola.

"I am confident in the club. I know their arguments, the defence they had and next season we are going to be in the place that we won on the pitch this season and, in some moments, in a marvellous way.

"But we have to wait. We'll respect the decision but I try to be involved knowing exactly what happened and I am fully confident about what the club has done."

City appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Uefa's club financial control body issued the suspension in February.

Uefa ruled the club had committed "serious breaches" of financial fair play regulations between 2012 and 2016.

Belfast Telegraph