City learn Champions League group stage opponents

By Ric Turner, Fri 01 September 2023 09:45

City learn Champions League group stage opponentsBlues to face RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys in Group G

City will face RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys in the group stage of the Champions League, as they look to defend the trophy they won in Istanbul.

The draw in Nyon on Thursday evening saw the Blues placed in Group G alongside the reigning Serbian and Swiss champions. City have never played either Red Star or Young Boys previously, although Leipzig are a familiar opponent with the two sides having faced each other in last season's knock out stage.

Txiki Begiristain, the club's Director of Football, reflected on meeting the Geman side again.

“Tough start, again. We are going to visit them,” he said.

“The first thing I thought was Josko Gvardiol. He’s going to visit his friends and I thought of him.

“But it’s going to be amazing. We have good friends in RB Leipzig. We have done business together and it’s always a pleasure to meet them.”

Groups in full:

Group A: Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Copenhagen, Galatasaray

Group B: Sevilla, Arsenal, PSV, Lens

Group C: Napoli, Real Madrid, Braga, Union Berlin

Group D: Benfica, Inter Milan, RB Salzburg, Real Sociedad

Group E: Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, Celtic

Group F: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Newcastle

Group G: Manchester City, RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade, Young Boys

Group H: Barcelona, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Royal Antwerp

Match dates:

Matchday 1: 19–20 September

Matchday 2: 3–4 October

Matchday 3: 24–25 October

Matchday 4: 7–8 November

Matchday 5: 28–29 November

Matchday 6: 12–13 December