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Pep Guardiola will return to the Camp Nou after Manchester City and Barcelona were drawn together in the Champions League group stage on Thursday.

Guardiola spent the majority of his playing career with Barcelona and led them to two European titles as manager in 2009 and 2011.

And now in his first season as City manager, he will face off against his former club in Group C, along with Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic, when the group stage begins next month.

The Spanish champions beat City in the round of 16 in both 2014 and 2015, while the teams just completed a transfer of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to City hours earlier.

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The draw featured some other blockbuster matchups, as defending champions Real Madrid play Borussia Dortmund in Group F, Paris Saint-German face Arsenal in Group A, and Bayern Munich drew last year’s runners-up Atletico Madrid in Group D.

There were more favourable draws for the other two English clubs.

Debutants Leicester City were drawn with Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen in Group G, while Tottenham must play CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco in Group E.

Group A

Paris Saint-Germain
Arsenal
FC Basel
Ludogorets Razgrad

Group B

Benfica
Napoli
Dynamo Kiev
Besiktas

Group C

Barcelona
Manchester City
Borussia Monchengladbach
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
Legia Warsaw

Group G

Leicester City
Porto
Club Brugge
FC Copenhagen

Group H

Juventus
Sevilla
Lyon
Dinamo Zagreb

Group-stage matchdays

Sept. 13, 14
Sept. 27, 28
Oct. 18, 19
Nov. 1, 2
Nov. 22, 23
Dec. 6, 7

Round-of-16 draw: Monday, Dec. 12.

 

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