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Matt Doherty targeting Champions League place upon Premier League resumption


Wolves' Matt Doherty. Photo: Getty Images

Wolves' Matt Doherty. Photo: Getty Images

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Wolves' Matt Doherty. Photo: Getty Images

Matt Doherty is aiming for Champions League football when the Premier League resumes next month as he believes a fifth-place finish will be enough for his Wolves side to make it there.

Doherty is back in training with his club ahead of a possible resumption of the league season in England, while Wolves also have an interest in the Europa League, having played out a 1-1 draw in the away leg of their battle with Olympiacos in the knockout stages, Wolves' last game before the lockdown.

Wolves sit sixth in the Premier League, two points behind Manchester United with nine games to be played. But Doherty, who celebrates 10 years at Molineux in August, feels a UEFA ban for Man City makes Champions League football a target.

"I want to finish because we have a possible chance of Champions League," Doherty told the Ireland Away From Home Podcast. "Man City have been banned, for now, so fifth place could get you the Champions League. I suspect that it probably will. We play Chelsea in the last game of the season so we have a lot to play for. We have all sorts of possibilities, so I really want to finish as it was looking like it would be a really exciting finish."

The Dubliner also says he's keen to work with new Ireland boss Stephen Kenny.

"I have seen some of the U-21 games, some of the performances and the players they have they seem to be doing quite well," says Doherty.

"My dad speaks very highly of him [Kenny] and I do believe that he can play a type of football that is about passing, having courage on the ball, being brave, taking risks in the right places, having an identity."

Irish Independent