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Man City are Club of the Year but they find themselves in an uncomfortable position

Manchester City were named Ballon d’Or Club of the Year on Monday, which made just about everybody do a bit of a double take. For all sorts of reasons.

For starters, these things are normally dictated by who wins the Champions League, but you can’t get five minutes into a European matchday without being reminded that City have not done that yet.

And it might be difficult for fans of the club to digest, too.

City don’t win these kinds of things and that’s become a badge of honor. They win the Premier League with fantastic football seemingly every season, but others often seem to take the shiny awards. It’s something the club itself have noticed and discussed publicly. It’s been the subject of a sarcastic Pep Guardiola comment or two and Bernardo Silva has raised the issue a couple of times, most recently in August when Liverpool had six players in the PFA Team of the Year and Jurgen Klopp was named LMA Manager of the Year .

“I’m not complaining here, but I feel like other clubs get a lot more credit than Manchester City for doing less,” Bernardo said. “For example, when I was at Benfica — a huge club in Portugal with more fans, more everything — you do something nice and they make it look like it’s great. Here at City, you do something great and they make it look like it’s just good.

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