Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Thursday August 25 2011
Bayern Munich, Villareal and Napoli will be Manchester City's Group Stage opponents in The Blues first ever Champions League campaign.
It's an intriguing draw and one everybody across Planet Blue will absolutely relish.
Excitement has already reached fever pitch in and around town as Blues continue to strive to come to terms with the fact that this is all really happening!
From defeat at York City in December 1998 and our lowest ever English league position to qualifying for the Champions League Knock out Phase in December 2011...?
Group Stage Dates:
Matchday 1 13-14 September
Matchday 2 27-28 September
Matchday 3 18-19 October
Matchday 4 1-2 November
Matchday 5 22-23 November
Matchday 6 6-7 December
Dapper Citizens gaffer Roberto Mancini believes that everything is in place for resurgent City to mount a sustained European campaign:
'Rotating the squad is no problem for me...the problem is if you don't have good players. For the manager it is not easy because all the players want to play every game. But when you play in four competitions and have a match every three days, there is space for everyone. It is impossible to play a top game every three days. And the Champions League is very hard. It is different from the Europa League. For this we need a good team, with good players and a good mentality.'
Group Stage Draw In Full:
Group A: Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Manchester City, Napoli.
Group B: Inter, CSKA Moscow, Lille, Trabzonspor.
Group C: Manchester United, Benfica, FC Basel, Otelul Galati.
Group D: Real Madrid, Lyon, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb.
Group E: Chelsea, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Genk.
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Olympiakos, Borussia Dortmund.
Group G: FC Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St. Petersburg, FC Apoel.
Group H: Barcelona, Milan, FC BATE Borisov, Viktoria Plzen.
CARLING CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW:
Sa 27 August on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday
all times GMT+1
Su 28 Aug 13:30 Spurs, White Hart Lane, PL
Sa 10 Sep 15:00 Wigan, The Etihad, PL
13-14 September Champions League G Stage 1
Sa 17 Sep 15:00 Fulham, Craven Cottage, PL
Sa 24 Sep 12:45 Everton, The Etihad, PL
27-28 September Champions League G Stage 2
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Date:Thursday August 25 2011
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