Manchester City’s potential Champions League opponents ahead of Thursday’s draw

30 August, 2018, 15:39 | Author: Marlene Myers
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European giants including Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus will find out their Champions League groups on Thursday.

Liverpool came agonisingly close to winning the Champions League last season.

Premier League champions City, eliminated by Liverpool in the quarter-finals last term, are in pot one along with defending champions Real Madrid, Europa League winners Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Lokomotiv Moscow. Should they decide to table a decent offer for him, City might be tempted to accept it if they know it's unlikely he will sign a new deal in Manchester.

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Pot Three: Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, Schalke, Lyon, Monaco, Ajax and CSKA Moscow. No teams from the same country can face each other in the group stages of the competition.

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Few teams will fancy taking on the Reds ahead of the draw which will be held today (30/8) at 5pm.

Tough one really because there are plenty of teams in pot four that would have Mourinho rubbing his hands together with AEK Athens and Red Star Belgrade probably the weakest. And Dortmund should have no problems beating Swiss club Young Boys either. In pot three, Liverpool are most definitely the team to avoid.

The Dominican will have to wait until after the worldwide break, when Real will play in the Estadio San Mames, on September 15, just days before their first Champions League encounter.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for a similar run this season, albeit they would prefer to lift the trophy at the end of it.

But what's the best case scenario for the Red Devils? While Inter Milan are arguably the worst possible opponent in pot four, having made some impressive signings in the summer.

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