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Doherty feels that a UEFA ban for Manchester City makes Champions League football a real target. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Doherty feels that a UEFA ban for Manchester City makes Champions League football a real target. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

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Doherty feels that a UEFA ban for Manchester City makes Champions League football a real target. Photo: Ben McShane/Sportsfile

Ireland star 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.

Wolves also have an interest in this season's 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 due to Covid-19.

Wolves are sixth in the Premier League table, two points behind Manchester United with nine games due to be played. But Doherty feels that a UEFA ban for Manchester City makes Champions League football a real 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. We play Chelsea in the last game of the season so we have a lot to play for, we have all sorts of possibilities.

"It was looking like it would be a really exciting finish.

"I know there will be no fans but this is our job, what we have dreamed of as kids, so why would we not want to get back out there," added Doherty.