UCL Group Stages Draw: Man City face tough Barcelona challenge, Leicester handed easy group

Pep Guardiola faces a return to the Nou Camp after Man City were drawn with the Spaniard’s former club Barcelona in a tough Champions League group for last year’s semi-finalists.

The La Liga champions beat Man City twice in the last 16 stage in 2014 and 2015 but Guardiola will be hoping for a better result this time around as he gets set for his first Champions League campaign with the Premier League side.

Barcelona knocked out Man City in two of the past three Champions League campaigns image: foto.viva.co.id

Barcelona knocked out Man City in two of the past three Champions League campaigns
image: foto.viva.co.id

Man City will also lock horns once again with German side Borussia Monchendgladbach – who were also in City’s group last season – and Scottish champions Celtic.

Arsenal will also face tough opposition after they were drawn with French Champions Paris St Germain as Unai Emery looks to guide the French side to a first Champions League trophy.

PSG will be favourites to finish top of Group A but the Gunners should finish second ahead of Swiss side Basel and Bulgarian side Ludogorets in a group, Arsenal fans should be happy enough with.

Arsenal’s North London rivals Tottenham have been handed a tough Champions League group as Mauricio Pochettino’s side will face CSKA Moscow, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.

Spurs will be happy to avoid a European giant but they have been handed what should be a tightly contested group with Russian Champions CSKA Moscow the toughest of opponents for Tottenham.

Premier League champions Leicester will be happy with their first ever Champions League group as Claudio Ranieri’s men face 2004 winners Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen.

Portuguese side Porto will be the Foxes biggest threat after they dumped out Italian side Roma 4-1 to reach the group stages but the Foxes should fancy their chances against their two opponents.

Leicester compete in the Champions League for the first time image: eurosport.co.uk

Leicester compete in the Champions League for the first time
image: eurosport.co.uk

Holders Real Madrid will come face to face with Borussia Dortmund in Group F but the Spanish giants should have no problems topping the group which also contains Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw, who knocked out Irish side Dundalk.

Elsewhere, last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid have paired with Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich, while Europa League winners Sevilla will face a tough trip to Juventus.

Full Draw

Group A 

Paris St. Germain, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets

Group B

Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas

Group C

Barcelona, Man City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic

Group D

Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, Rostov

Group E

CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham, Monaco

Group F

Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw

Group G

Leicester, Porto, Club Brugge, Copenhagen

Group H

Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb

Leave a comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s