Analysing City's Best And Worst Scenarios From Today's Champions League Draw

Make sure you're home by 5pm...

Draw

So City are in the Champions League group stage for the sixth consecutive year. 

After last season's semi-final appearance, they will be hoping to go at least one better now that they're under the stewardship of two-time Champions League winning manager Pep Guardiola. 

City will be in pot 2 of today's draw with the full list pictured below:


Champeleage

So basically they will avoid all other teams in pot 2 and any Premier League rivals (Leicester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur). 

Here, we take a look at some of the potential outcomes as Guardiola plots his route to the 2017 final in Cardiff:

Worst Case Scenario 

Drawing any of Europe's 'Big Three'. 

Being paired with holders Real Madrid or either of Pep's former sides in Barcelona or Bayern Munich will not help City's chances of winning the Champions League for the first time. 

They would still be expected to progress but winning the group traditionally provides an easier path to the final than finishing as runners-up.

Throw in a trip to Swiss champions Basel in pot 3, a side who English teams have struggled against in recent years, and French club AS Monaco in pot 4 and Guardiola has the makings of a difficult group to negotiate. 

Madrid

Best Case Scenario 

While most people would point to CSKA Moscow in pot 1, City have struggled against them before and could do without another trip to Russia. 

From a logistics point of view, many in the City camp may prefer to face Portuguese champions Benfica. 

Add Club Brugge from pot 3 and Ludogorets from pot 4 into the mix and City should win this group without breaking too much of a sweat. 


The 'that'll do' group...

City will fancy their chances of getting at least four points from double-headers against Juventus or PSG from pot 1. 

Sporting Lisbon in pot 3 rarely cause too many shocks in Europe while a handy jaunt north to Celtic in pot 4 be would quite welcome from a supporters point of view. 

Celtic

So, make sure you're home by 5pm and strap yourself in. These draws are usually prolonged affairs with guest speakers and awards handed out like confetti. 

By about 6.30pm the groups should be confirmed and you can start plotting your trip around Europe. 

Written By

James Fenton

Resident football writer, covering City, United and the rest of what the beautiful game brings to our city. I also moonlight in news, current affairs and emmm... burger reviews.

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