The race for the Champions League places in the Premier League is hotting up, with some not such familiar faces attempting to crash the party this season.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that there are ‘four or five’ teams outside of the top four who are in the race for a Champions League place this season.
The reigning Premier League Champions fell to their fifth defeat of the season on Friday night, losing a two-goal lead against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a dramatic 3-2 loss.
The result leaves City 14 points behind league leaders Liverpool, and one point behind second placed Leicester City.
Following the match, Guardiola said that concentration now must go on making sure that they secure a place in the Champions League for next season, but has warned the chasing teams that Wolves could be another team to be wary of.
“There are many teams (who are Champions League contenders). (Wolves) are close. They have played for the last two seasons with a lot of consistency. They concede few chances and they create. The way they play is perfect for them.
“There are a lot of teams. Leicester, our team and the four or five teams behind have chances (to finish in the Champions League places).”
The result leaves Wolves in fifth place in the table, just two points behind fourth placed Chelsea. Spurs are in fifth, five points adrift, while if Arsenal want to push for a place in the top four this season they will have to make up a gap of eight points.