Manchester City will come up against some familiar foes in the Champions League this season after the group stage draw was made yesterday.
With the teams being drawn in descending order of seeding, the Premier League champions discovered their Pot 2 opponents first and were drawn against Shakhtar Donetsk, as noted by Manchester City’s official Twitter channel @ManCity during their live updates of the draw.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 29, 2019
Pep Guardiola’s team were subsequently joined in Group C by Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta, the latter making their first appearance in the group stage of the competition.
By contrast, Manchester City are becoming quite accustomed to facing Ukrainian champions Shakhtar, having met them in the Champions League group stage in each of the last two seasons.
In 2017/18, the Premier League side enjoyed a 2-0 win over Shakhtar at the Etihad Stadium before an inconsequential 2-1 defeat in Ukraine at the end of the group stage.
Despite their good record against Shakhtar, these Manchester City fans on Twitter were not enthused about meeting the Ukrainian club for a third Champions League campaign in a row:
The love affair continues.
— Sai Vishal (@VISHSAI) August 29, 2019
YOU ARE HAVING A LAUGH
— Jacob Powles (@jacobpowles20) August 29, 2019
How many times
— Dhiren Kanted (@dk_constant) August 29, 2019
How many times are we going to draw these guys!!
— brayan (@segurabrayan08) August 29, 2019
— SimmosLeftPeg (@SimmosLeftPeg) August 29, 2019
Death, taxes and City playing Shakhtar in the group stage
— FPL Creed (@greatbratton_) August 29, 2019
Sick of the sight of them to be honest!
— Screebs69 (@screebs69) August 29, 2019
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