City have been drawn in Group D of this year’s Champions League group stage and will face Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen.
City will have their work cut-out as they face last year’s Champions League and Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich and face an unenviable 3000 mile round trip to Moscow to take on Russian Premier League Champions CSKA. Czech 1st Division Champions Viktoria Plzen were drawn from pot 4 in City’s group.
Match day one wil take place on either 17 or 18 September. The further five match days occur on 1–2 October, 22–23 October, 5–6 November, 26–27 November, and 10–11 December 2013.
The full details of the draw are below:
Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, Copenhagen
Group C: Benfica, Paris St-Germain, Olympiakos, Anderlecht
Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic
In other news, City drew Wigan Athletic in the third round of the League Cup. The match will take place at the Etihad Stadium on either 24 or 25 September.
The full draw is:
Man United v Liverpool
Sunderland v Peterborough
West Ham v Cardiff
City v Wigan
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Newcastle v Leeds
Southampton v Bristol City
West Brom v Arsenal
Swindon v Chelsea
Tranmere v Stoke
Watford v Norwich
Aston Villa v Tottenham
Hull v Huddersfield
Leicester v Derby
Birmingham v Swansea
Fulham v Everton
Written by Robert Toole