Now heading to UEFA Champions League, The Blues of Manchester entered Champions League group stage for the seventh consecutive this year. They were drawn against Napoli from Serie A, Shakhtar Donetsk from Ukraine and Feyenoord, the Eredivisie champions. Manchester City will face Feyenoord in their UEFA Champions League opener on 14th September, 12:15 IST. Feyenoord (Dutch Champions) and Napoli (3rd in Serie A) will provide decent competition to Blue side of Manchester.
According to City’s Boss, in group stage of Champions League his side will be going up against one of the top three footballing teams.
“When the third pot is Napoli – the best team in the pot – it is complicated,” he said.
“In the Champions League we can expect Pots 1 and 2 will be strong but today all the teams are strong.
“We’re going to face the team who played the best football in Italy – I’m not talking about winning.
“I like to watch the teams who want to play.
“In Italy, where the culture is defensive in the box, they play 40m in front a bit like Arrigo Sacchi did once.
“With the ball they are fantastic. For me, they are one of the three best teams right now in Europe playing football.
“Of course the other [teams] we are going to see.
“The Champions League is always complicated. Everyone can beat you home and away. Hopefully we can arrive in good shape.”
Manchester City Champions League group stage fixtures are as follow:
- 14th September – Feyenoord vs Manchester City – 12:15 AM
- 27th September – Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk – 12:15 AM
- 18th October – Manchester City vs Napoli – 12:15 AM
- 2nd November– Napoli vs Manchester City – 12:15 AM
- 22nd November – Manchester City vs Feyenoord – 12:15 AM
- 7th December – Shakhtar Donetsk vs Manchester City – 12:15 AM
*NOTE: All times are in Indian Standard Time