The Blues were found guilty of one charge of breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules by an independent commission, and were subsequently deducted 10 points. Such a penalty saw them drop into the relegation zone, though Everton intend to appeal the ruling.

With Everton punished about being found guilty of one charge, their case has thrown fresh scrutiny on Man City after the Premier League confirmed they had referred the club’s 115 alleged breaches to a commission back in February, following a four-year investigation.

The charges are for the period 2009 to 2018, during which City won three Premier League titles, three League Cups, and an FA Cup. Their 2013/14 Premier League title and 2015/16 League Cup both came at Liverpool’s expense.

It remains unclear what punishment City would be issued with if found guilty. However, in the summary of Everton’s points deduction, the independent commission said: “We have no doubt that the circumstances of this case are such that only a sporting sanction in the form of a points deduction would be appropriate. A financial penalty for a club that enjoys the support of a wealthy owner is not a sufficient penalty.”

Consequently, any punishment City would be issued is likely to be far more severe than the 10-point deduction handed to Everton.

While City’s fate remains up in the air, Guardiola admitted he was aware that people were calling for his side to be relegated if found guilty. However, he called for patience when pointing out his side’s case is very different to that of Everton’s.

“Why should I not believe (we are innocent)?” Guardiola replied when quizzed about City’s outstanding charges. “It’s not the case because the judge and the court and the Premier League lawyers and our lawyers at the end make both defence in front of the judge and after he will decide.

“I didn’t change for one second my opinion about it – take time, wait and see what they decide and after we accept the resolution.

“I won’t say a word about Everton because I don’t know the reality of what really happened. Maybe you know but asked our team and they are two completely different cases.

“I know when people are saying, ‘Okay, City – why don’t they go to the Conference?’ Wait. Wait. And after what’s going to happen is going to happen.”

Guardiola would also reiterate such a stance when asked what any punishment could mean for his own Man City future.

“It’s a good question I will answer when I have the sentence.,” he said. “”I know the people want it. I know, I feel it. I will wait. Wait and see it and after the sentence has been done we will come here and explain it.

“But absolutely I will not consider my future [if] it depends being here or being in League One. Absolutely. There is more chance to stay if we are in League One than if we win the Champions League.

“It’s two different cases, it’s not the same. One of them is longer, it’s more complicated. Wait. After the sentence, I will answer the question.”