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Guardiola's Barcelona return headlines Champions League group stage draw

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

MONACO -- Tournament draws are designed to deliver balance, and, when they do their job, they're distinctly unexciting. So, unless you get lucky -- or you hire a WWE scriptwriter, which, for now, UEFA is not planning to do -- there's a decent chance you'll get a fairly humdrum draw.

That was the case for the 2016-17 Champions League group stage ... with one glaring exception: Group C is all about Pep Guardiola.

His Manchester City side face Barcelona, the club where he spent 22 of his 45 years on...

Manchester City well-positioned to advance out of challenging Group C

The group stage matches between Barcelona and Man City will be two of the most highly anticipated of the competition.

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

General overview

Group C is not quite the hardest group of the draw, but Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could certainly have been handed an easier start to life in the Champions League with his new club.

A return to Barcelona, where he won two Champions League trophies in his four years as a manager, will probably be the most anticipated...

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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...



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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...

Samir Nasri's fall from grace may reach its nadir under Pep Guardiola

The FC panel discuss Pep Guardiola's decision to bench Joe Hart against Sunderland, and if it's a sign of things to come.

It doesn't quite rank as the worst prediction of last season; but then, given many tipped eventual champions Leicester for relegation and quite a few of them thought Chelsea, who eventually trailed in 10th, would win the title, how could it? But, in any normal campaign, it would stand out as being spectacularly misjudged.

"If I stay working with Pep Guardiola, if he wants me, he's just going to be a lucky man because I will be really hungry," Samir Nasri said in April. "I am the type of player...

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Yaya Toure huffs and puffs in potential final appearance for Manchester City

Manchester City will enjoy Champions League football in Pep Guardiola's first season as manager.
Joe Hart made it a point to play the ball out with his feet after being granted a start in Manchester City's UCL playoff match.
Manchester City's Joe Hart spoke on the situation between him and manager Pep Guardiola after their match against Steaua Bucuresi.

The biggest first-leg lead in the admittedly short history of the Champions League playoffs was extended to a 6-0 aggregate by the end in a simple exercise in running and passing, as Manchester City beat Steaua Bucharest 1-0 on Wednesday. Even the passing was not done in the customary slick manner, as the Romanians appeared happy to stifle and play on the break, despite the overwhelming scoreline. The game will perhaps rest long in the memory as a sad farewell to Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, with...