Date: 30th August 2012 at 5:43pm
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We’re not really here. The draw for the Group Stages of The Champions League has been made. Group D City face classic ties against Real Madrid, Ajax and Dortmund…City NEVER have it easy! The Champions of Spain, Netherlands and Germany!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP D

Real Madrid
Manchester City
Ajax
Borussia Dortmund

The rags meanwhile, have followed up last year’s ‘easy on paper’ group in which they were humiliated with another kindly nod towards Braga, Galatasaray and Cluj, even though Galatasary is a horrible place to go.

Regardless of whether or not this is another European old guard protecting fix, the mouthwatering clashes with Real will be eagerly anticipated in Manchester as the bloke with the coat from Matalan returns to town alongside City favourite Ladyboy Riverdancer…The future rags manager will know for sure that there is nothing more dangerous in football these days than a Roberto Mancini Manchester City side that have been written off or cast as underdogs.

Mancio will be relieved that The Blues do not have too far to travel before crucial Premier League fixtures.

Planet Blue continues to live a dream which was unimagineable just over a decade ago if not unthinkable a handful of years ago.

Football Development Officer Patrick Vieira said:
“We can be confident of getting to the next stage. Last season was the first time the club has been in the Champions League so we need to learn, to improve.”

CITY NEWS:

The Transfer Window closes at 23h00 BST tonight after Brian Marwood puts the cat out. We’ll bring you confirmation of signings and departures on VMC once the club confirm what the stories are.

City have drawn Aston Villa at home in the third round of The Capital One League Cup. The tie will be played week commencing 24 September.

Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner have been called up to the England squad for the World Cup Qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine.

UPDATED UPCOMING FIXTURES:
all times East Manchester

Sa 01 Sep 17h30 QPR, The Etihad, PL
Sa 15 Sep 15h00 Stoke, The Britannia Stadium, PL
Tu 18 Sep 19h45 Real Madrid, The Bernabeu, CL
Su 23 Sep 16h00 Arsenal, The Etihad, PL
TBC Aston Villa, The Etihad, LC3
Sa 29 Sep 15h00 Fulham, Craven Cottage, PL
We 03 Oct 19h45 Borussia Dortmund, The Etihad, PL
Sa 06 Oct 12h45 Sunderland, The Etihad, PL
Sa 20 Oct 15h00 West Brom, The Hawthorns, PL
We 24 Oct 19h45 Ajax, Amsterdam Arena, CL
Sa 27 Oct 17h30 Swansea City, The Etihad, PL