Manchester City have a unique relationship with the UEFA Champions League cartel. One of the most prestigious competitions in football according to some.
A competition in which a clubs success is measured by, and one that has proven a challenge for Manchester City for a number of reasons – the most realistic conclusion has to be the Yaya curse.
The Champions League draw for this season went ahead this Thursday in Istanbul, Turkey. Interestingly, City legend Yaya Toure completed the draw; will this finally be the end of the curse? Got to be!
The blues have been drawn in group G, along with Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and FC Copenhagen. Sevilla being the six-time Europa League champions, FC Copenhagen, the Danish league champions, and Haalands ex, Dortmund who we have beat a few times.
The fixtures for the group stages are yet to be announced, however, all group stage games will take place before the World Cup this winter.
Just like every season, Pep will be looking to lead City to the top of the group and will hope to see the blues over the finish line this time.
Full details for Champions League 22/23:
Group A – Ajax, Liverpool, Napoli, Rangers.
Group B – Porto, Atletico Madrid, Beyer Leverkusen, Club Brugge.
Group C – Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Viktoria Plzen.
Group D – Eintracht Frankfurt, Tottenham, Sporting, Marseille.
Group E – AC Milan, Chelsea, Salzburg, Dinamo.
Group F – Real Madrid, Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Celtic.
Group G – Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Dortmund, FC Copenhagen.
As I watched the draw being announced with a United fan, they waited in anticipation for the reds to pop up until “oh, we’re not even in it are we”. This simple pleasure brought much pleasure to my day.
Reaction seems to be of confidence in the boys in blue to qualify top of the group.
What are your thoughts about the Champions League draw, blues?