The UEFA Champions League 23/24 group stage draw has officially taken place, and the fate of the 32 teams, which includes Manchester City, has been confirmed.
As we know, after their historic treble last season, City were nicely placed in pot one alongside the likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Napoli, meaning for certain they would be avoiding any of these big clashes just yet, but themselves being the dreaded matchup for the teams in pot two, three, and four.
Manchester City’s UCL Group
Group G :
- Manchester City
- Crvena Zvezda
- Young Boys
Overall, you’d say Man City will be quite pleased with this group. While in the Champions League, we know anything can happen, but the probability of City failing to qualify from this group would be very low.
Man City have become quite familiar with German side Leipzig, as they have faced them in the last two UCL campaigns, most recently coming when they won 7-0 after drawing 1-1 in the first leg of the round of 16, and five of those seven goals coming from Erling Haaland.
On another note, City have never played against the other teams drawn with them, meaning this will be the first time we’ll see them play against each other in a competitive matchup.
Besides the deciding draw, awards for last season were given out too, and it was a good evening for City as Erling Haaland was given player of the year, and Pep was named manager of the year.
After receiving his award, Haaland gave his acceptance speech in which he said, ” I am honoured to be named the UEFA Player of the Year. I’m really grateful to have won this award and for everyone who voted for me.
” We have an incredible team here at Man City, and this accolade wouldn’t be possible without my teammates. It was an incredible season for all of us. Winning the treble was an incredible feeling, and it’s a feeling we all want to share again this season”
The fixtures and dates will be released by UEFA on Saturday, so fans will know a little more about what their club’s journey will look like.