City's absence in Europe might have had an indirect effect on how they would have finished in the Premier League.
Of course, their best players might have been wanting to head out the door but then having to play fewer matches might have had a benefit on a factor like a lack of fatigue. Especially when the teams around them comparatively would have had to play more games.
As far as this season is concerned, as hard as it was to live up to the expectations and the high bar they set the previous two seasons (accumulating 198 points), they have fallen drastically short this season in terms of points. This could be because their main attention has been on the Champions League this season.
As far as the Premier League title is concerned, having won it on four occasions, fans would have most likely happily sacrificed the league if it meant they would have a bigger chance of winning Europe's biggest prize.
The last team to win a Premier League title and reach the Champions League final in the same season was United back in 2009. This suggests that, because of the intensity of the Premier League, it is very difficult and rare to now have success in both competitions at the same time.
On this basis, it could then be argued that City's chances of winning the Premier League could have been increased if they were going to be absent from Europe for two years and, if that happened, it could have been part of a period of domestic dominance for City.
By Rob Spereall