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 By Sid Lowe

Pep Guardiola chief among 'best of enemies' Man City and Barcelona

The draw for the Champions league saw Pep Guardiola's Manchester City be drawn in the same group as his former club Barcelona.

In the morning Claudio Bravo was a Barcelona player; by the afternoon he was their opponent and rival, the man who must stop them. Welcome, Claudio. Welcome back, Claudio. Somewhere in a Monte Carlo hotel, there was a cheeky whisper in Thierry Henry's ear: see if you can keep us apart, yeah? Everybody laughed, but many a true word said in jest and all. Besides, Henry couldn't keep them apart. Instead, he brought them together, fishing familiar names from that glass bowl. Manchester City will...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Champions League revamped, Pep back to Barcelona

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol presents a few of the Champions League groups to look out for in this year's competition.
Take an in-depth look at the UCL draw and see how each of the teams will line up in this year's competition.

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Europe's top four leagues will have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season, UEFA has confirmed.

- Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou after Manchester City and Barcelona were drawn together in the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.

- Marcotti: Guardiola's Barcelona return headlines draw

Group-by-group previews and predictions

EUROPA LEAGUE: Manchester United...

 By Simon Kuper

Jasper Cillessen must regain his World Cup form to have any chance at Barca

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol breaks down all the latest moves and rumours from around the world of football.
Alejandro Moreno and Mark Donaldson discuss who will be Barcelona's No. 1 goalkeeper if Jasper Cillessen moved to the club.

When Jasper Cillessen heard a few weeks ago that FC Barcelona was interested in him, he thought it was a joke. Ajax's goalkeeper has been playing badly lately. He says -- probably rightly -- that even when he is in form, his hero Edwin van der Sar was "many times better than I am". The 27-year-old Dutchman probably isn't a world-class keeper. However, he is a Barca-type keeper: able to fulfill the very unusual demands that Barcelona places on its keeper, or as the Catalan club thinks of the job,...

No fears for Barcelona despite tough Champions League group

Take an in-depth look at the UCL draw and see how each of the teams will line up in this year's competition.

Barcelona have been drawn against Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic in the Champions League. Here's a look at their European campaign.

General overview

Looking at some of the other groups, it's fair to say the Champions League draw could have gone better for Barca, but Luis Enrique and his players must still be confident of progressing from their group in top spot.

One of the big narratives -- possibly the biggest -- to come out of the draw in Monaco is the pairing of Barca and...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Pep Guardiola's return to Barcelona the highlight of Group C

Take an in-depth look at the UCL draw and see how each of the teams will line up in this year's competition.

Now that the Champions League draw has been completed, here's a preview for Group C. Who do you think will go through?

Predicted finish

1. Barcelona
2. Manchester City
3. Borussia Monchengladbach
4. Celtic

Who will win Group C?

Barcelona

Last season was a disappointment for Barca, as they became the latest team to fail to retain the Champions League trophy. If anyone looked capable of breaking the hoodoo that has tripped up defending champions since AC Milan in 1990, it was them, but they came up against Atletico...



ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Clubs await UCL draw, Cillessen and Bravo complete moves

Man City supporters at the Etihad gave Joe Hart some much-needed appreciation during the second half of their UCL playoff match.
Manchester City's Joe Hart spoke on the situation between him and manager Pep Guardiola after their match against Steaua Bucuresi.

Here are the latest stories for Thursday.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Rostov eliminated Ajax to reach the group stage with a 4-1 rout to claim a 5-2 aggregate win overall. Borussia Monchengladbach, Copenhagen and Dinamo Zagreb completed the group stage line-up after Wednesday night's second leg ties.

- The pots for Thursday's group stage draw are now set.

When and what time is the Champions League draw.

BARCELONA: Jasper Cillessen has completed his move...