Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta is hopeful that a higher seeding in the Champions League can help his club avoid the group of death this time around.

The Citizens should be handed an easier group during this season’s campaign through their current UEFA coefficient, which puts them in the pot of eight second seeds in the draw.

The Argentine defender has found it difficult in the club’s last two outings in Europe, but has admitted that the team are looking forward to all challenges.

“We were in the group of death and it has always been tough for us in Champions League – but it is a competition we are looking forward to and hopefully we can do better”, Zabaleta told ITV.


"The rest of the teams see Manchester City as a tough team to have in the group and I think that is the most important thing for us."


Manchester City were drawn with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax in the 2012/13 season, and grouped alongside Bayern Munich in their next Champions League campaign.

Other Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal will be guaranteed to avoid European giants, but Liverpool will be more likely have a tough time in this year’s tournament.

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