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Champions League playoff draws revealed

Pep Guardiola faces a trip to Romania as Manchester City take on Steaua Bucharest in the final qualifying round of the Champions League.

City could have been handed a much tougher fixture against Serie A side Roma or Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco, but will be content with the draw and with the second leg being at the Etihad.

City will play the away leg on Tuesday, August 16th with the return on Wednesday, August 24th.

The standout tie in the league route sees FC Porto meet Roma, while Villarreal and Monaco have also been drawn together. Swiss club Young Boys will take on Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach with Ajax vs. Champions League debutants Rostov of Russia completing the list.

In the champions route, Scottish club Celtic will be hopeful of booking their place in the group stage against Israeli minnows Hapoel Be’er-Sheva, while Irish hopefuls Dundalk will go to Poland to face Legia Warsaw.

Dundalk’s home tie has been moved from their 4,500-capacity Oriel Park home to the Aviva Stadium, which can hold almost 52,000 fans. Manager Stephen Kenny said: “We’re delighted that our next game will be at the Aviva Stadium.

League Route – Tues, Aug. 16 and Weds, Aug 24.

League Route – Weds, Aug. 17 and Tues, Aug 23.

Champions Route – Tues, Aug. 16 and Weds, Aug 24.

Champions Route – Weds, Aug. 17 and Tues, Aug 23.


Seeded Pot 1: Real Madrid (holders), Barcelona, Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, PSG, CSKA Moscow

Pot 2: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, Sevilla, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen +2

Pot 3: Dynamo Kiev, Lyon, PSV Eindhoven, Sporting CP + 4

Pot 4: Besiktas +7

Pot to be determined: FC Basel, Tottenham Hotspur, Club Brugge

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