Champions League Guardiola going back to Barcelona, Madrid get BVB

Barcelona will face Manchester City in the Champions League group stages, meaning a reunion with former captain and coach Pep Guardiola.

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Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola will return to former club Barcelona after Manchester City were paired with the Spanish champions in the Champions League group stages.

Guardiola won Europe's premier club competition twice during a trophy-laden tenure at Camp Nou, thanks to final victories over Manchester United in 2009 and 2011.

Barcelona play

Barcelona

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He will lead City in Group C after the Premier League side overcame Steaua Bucharest 6-0 on aggregate in their play-off tie.

City were knocked out in the semi-finals last year - their best performance in five attempts - by eventual winners Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane's men will begin their bid for a 12th European title in Group F alongside Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.

Real Madrid play Real Madrid (Omnisports )

 

Last season's defeated finalists Atletico Madrid will face German champions Bayern Munich, who they overcame in a thrilling semi-final tie last time around.

Full Pairing

Champions League 2016/2017 season play

Champions League 2016/2017 season

(Champions League)

 

GROUP A

Paris St Germain

Arsenal

Basel

Ludogorets

GROUP B

Benfica

Napoli

Dynamo Kiev

Besiktas

GROUP C

Barcelona

Manchester City

Borussia Moenchengladbach

Celtic

GROUP D

Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid

PSV Eindhoven

Rostov

GROUP E

CSKA Moscow

Bayer Leverkusen

Tottenham Hotspur

Monaco

GROUP F

Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund

Sporting Lisbon

Legia Warsaw

GROUP G

Leicester City

Porto

Club Bruges

FC Copenhagen

GROUP H

Juventus

Sevilla

Olympique Lyonnais

Dinamo Zagreb

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