Here's Everything You Need To Know About City's Return Match With Steaua Bucharest

Including details of the group stage draw...

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Steaua Bucharest, didn't we hammer them last week? 

Quite the memory you have there. 

Yes, last Tuesday, City traveled to Romania where they annihilated their hosts 5-0 thanks to a Sergio Aguero hat-trick and a goal each from David Silva and Nolito.

They achieved all this despite Aguero missing two first half penalties.

The return takes place this Wednesday.

That should be it then. Game over, hello Champions League group stage...

One would imagine so. Steaua will have to replicate City's 5-0 victory last week to force extra time. 

A victory for the Romanians on the away goals rule would result from a scoreline of 6-1, 7-2, 8-3 and so on. 

So yeah, City fans can pretty much rest easy knowing that they'll participate in the Champions League group stage for the sixth consecutive season. 

Hold on a minute though. Leicester won the league. Iceland and Wales did so well at the Euros. Isn't this the year of the sporting shock?

Perhaps but seriously there's more chance of City renaming the Etihad Stadium after Alex Fergiuson then Steaua turning this tie around. 

Fair enough. Why should anyone turn up then? 

Well if you haven't watched Pep Guardiola's new look City side in action yet then why not catch a glimpse? 

Tickets are still available through the club's website

Also, Pep is likely to introduce some players who have yet to feature this season. Joe Hart and Yaya Toure have fallen out of favour in highly-publicised fashion this season and both may even get a chance to impress/bid farewell to the City supporters. 

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So it could be an emotive occasion. I'm not sure I could handle it. What about watching on the telly?

The match will be aired live on BT Sport 2 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Cool. So after we get through, as expected, what happens next?

Should the biggest turnaround in football history EVER fail to materialise, City will join the other 31 qualified teams for the group stage draw on Thursday at 5pm GMT. Bear in mind, these events are usually drawn-out affairs so the actual draw is likely to begin after six o'clock.

City are expected to take their place in pot 2, meaning they will face one of the domestic league winners from pot 1 (Barcelona, Bayern München, Juventus, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, CSKA Moskva) or European champions Real Madrid. 

More information on potential group opponents can be found here

Yikes, looks like we'll have at least one tricky opponent anyway. 

Yeah, most City fans would take CSKA Moscow from that list but the long haul flights aren't ideal and the they've had some tricky games against the Russian side before. 

Pep probably wouldn't relish a return to former clubs Barcelona or Bayern Munich so soon into his City career. 

God, no. Right thanks for that. All the best. 

Godspeed, my inquisitive friend. 

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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