City get Barca, Arse­nal to face PSG

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PEP Guardi­ola will re­turn to for­mer clu club Barcelona with Manch­ester City in the Cham­pi­ons LeagueLeag af­ter the two sides were th thrown to­gether in yes­ter­day’s gro group stage draw in Monaco. Guardi­ola, a Euro­pean Cup win­ner w with Barca as a player in 1992 be­fore twice guid­ing the Ca Cata­lan gi­ants to the Cham­pi­onsCham­pion League ti­tle in 2009 and 2 2011, will also come up aga against Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bachMoenchenglad and Celtic in GroupGro C. De­fend­ing champ i ons Real Madrid, who won a record 11th Euro­pean Cup last sea­son, were paired with Borus­sia Dort­mund in Group F along­side Por­tu­gal’s Sport­ing and Le­gia War­saw of Poland.

Five-time win­ners Bay­ern Mu­nich will play last year’s beaten fi­nal­ists Atletico Madrid in Group D, which also fea­tures PSV Eind­hoven and Rus­sian com­pe­ti­tion debu­tants Ros­tov.

Paris Saint-Ger­main and Arse­nal are the two clear favourites to progress from Group A ahead of Basel and Bul­gar­ian out­fit Lu­do­gorets, while Premier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City were handed a favourable draw in Group G which in­cludes Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copen­hagen.

Ju­ven­tus will take on three-time reign­ing Euro­pean League cham­pi­ons Sevilla as well as Lyon and Di­namo — Za­greb in Group H.

The first matches will be played on Septem­ber 13 and 14. BARCELONA have signed goal­keeper Jasper Cil­lessen from Ajax Am­s­ter­dam on a five-year con­tract in a deal worth €13 mil­lion (ap­prox­i­mately R206 mil­lion), the La Liga cham­pi­ons said yes­ter­day.

The 27-year-old, who made 31 league ap­pear­ances last sea­son to help Ajax fin­ish sec­ond in the Dutch Ere­di­visie stand­ings, will fight with keeper Mar­cAn­dre ter Ste­gen for a start­ing place at Barcelona.

“FC Barcelona has de­cided to pur­chase 27-yearold Dutch goal­keeper Jasper Cil­lessen from Ajax Am­s­ter­dam on a five-year con­tract,” the Span­ish club said in a state­ment on their web­site.

“The trans­fer fee is a guar­an­teed €13 mil­lion plus a fur­ther two mil­lion in vari­ables. Cil­lessen’s buy­out clause has been set at €60 mil­lion.”

The Dutch­man’s ar­rival could sig­nal a move for Clau­dio Bravo. Manch­ester City have reached an agree­ment with Barca to buy the Chilean goal­keeper, Span­ish and Bri­tish me­dia re­ported. — Reuters.

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