Manchester City are set to follow in the footsteps of fellow Premiership rivals Aston Villa and Everton by applying for the Intertoto Cup that takes place in the summer and that provides a backdoor entry to the UEFA Cup next season.
At the moment there is just one direct place for the UEFA Cup from the Premiership and there are a host of clubs vying for that prized spot. Man City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was at Old Trafford on Wednesday night when Manchester United beat Lyon 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League and was much impressed by what he observed.
Eriksson now says that he would like his team to play in Europe next season and insists that for that his players might have to trim down on their holiday plans. He says:
I enjoyed the United-Lyon game. It was a very, very open game.
It showed it’s different playing in Europe from the Premier League but hopefully we will be there next season.
We are not at that standard today, but if we do the right things and take in the right players I think we can compete with them.
That’s the target. We still need some players though. It could mean a shorter holiday or no holiday at all if we go into that competition in the earlier rounds. But we are committed to it.
Man City indeed appear to be amusingly desperate to play in Europe next season. After all, the blue half of Manchester wants to be on a par with their more illustrious neighbours Man United.