Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guardiola Wants Repeat of Euro History

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guardiola Wants Repeat of Euro History

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THE format of the Champions League has changed slightly since City boss Pep Guardiola took his first managerial steps in senior club football - but, just as in 2008, he will begin the 2016/17 campaign in the round that precedes the group stage.

At the start of his first season as Barcelona manager that was the third qualifying round, whereas tonight's contest with Steaua Bucharest is now termed the play-off round, but the stakes are identical.

Guardiola's 2008/09 Champions League run began with a two-legged tie against Wisla Krakow in August, and it ended with the Catalan hoisting the European Cup in May.

Barcelona had finished third in La Liga as part of a distinctly underwhelming campaign the previous year under Frank Rijkaard. …

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