Sunday, 5 June 2011

Manchester City could face Barcelona in Champions League group stage

• Manchester City set for Pot Three in Uefa draw
• Champions League winners are possible opponents
    Barcelona celebrate winning the Champions League final against Manchester United
    Barcelona celebrate winning the Champions League final against Manchester United.
    Manchester City are likely to have a 20% chance of drawing Barcelona in next season's Champions League group stages. The line-up for Europe's premier competition was finalised over the weekend, along with the overall co-efficients from each competing club. Final confirmation is still to be made by Uefa but it looks certain that City will be in Pot Three for the draw, even if all the clubs above them in the seedings who must face qualifying ties do not make it to the group stage. With Manchester United and Chelsea confirmed as top sides and Arsenal bound to join them if they make it through their final qualifier, City will have just five potential opponents from Pot One. That list will be headed by Barcelona, whose brilliant display in the 3-1 defeat of United at Wembley has led many observers to acclaim Pep Guardiola's men as the best club side of all time. Real Madrid will also be in Pot One, along with the 2010 European champions, Internazionale; the Europa League winners, Porto; and, if they make it through the qualifiers, Bayern Munich. Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk would appear to be the strongest sides in Pot Two.

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