Date: 28th August 2014 at 5:46pm
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MCFC’s fourth consecutive Champions League campaign will take the club not only to Rome but also back to Munich and Moscow in the tournament’s Group E…

Bayern, CSKA and AS Roma have a rich European history and will merit meticulous preparation from England’s champions.

This constitutes another challenging draw for The Blues. It beggars belief that having finally reached Pot Two through the coefficient process and all the rest of it, City still can’t shake off the uber-elite likes of Germany’s own rags and have come away once more with the toughest draw of all participating English teams. The spectre of lengthy midweek flights to and from Moscow again won’t be lost on Manuel Pellegrini’s men or the City hierarchy, either.

Yet we can all rest easy in the knowledge that we are currently following the progress of our strongest ever squad which is now brimming with hard earned experience.

City’s contintental destiny for 2014 was unveiled this evening at the type of glittering ceremony in Monaco that as a club and a fanbase we
are steadily becoming accustomed to, yet this correspondent still finds himself unsettled as UEFA President Michel Platini and his accolytes always cut somewhat sinister figures as they nod their way through overseeing the lavish proceedings. However, on this occasion their presence was countered impeccably by the attendance of City’s very own Football Director Txiki Berigstain and our Head of Communications Vicky Kloss who both looked smashing.

The 32 teams now spanning the groups will commence next month the road towards a Champions League final which will take place for
the first time ever in Berlin next May. The group stage games will conclude in December.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino revealed other developments: ‘The 2014/15 UEFA Champions League season also sees two novelties – the use of vanishing spray paint by referees as from the play-off rounds onwards, and the removal of yellow cards after the quarter-finals, thus ensuring that players do not miss out on the final for multiple bookings.’

Bring it on!

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP E SCHEDULE:

Wed 17 September 2014 19:45 BST A Bayern Munich
Tue 30 September 2014 19:45 BST H AS Roma
Tue 21 October 2014 TBC A CSKA Moscow
Wed 05 November 2014 19:45 GMT H CSKA Moscow
Tue 25 November 2014 19:45 GMT H Bayern Munich
Wed 10 December 2014 19:45 GMT A AS Roma

 
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