Pep Guardiola returns to Barcelona with Manchester City as Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal are handed favourable Champions League draws

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Pep Guardiola will return to Barcelona with Manchester City after his new club were paired with the Catalan giants in the Champions League. 

City’s new manager, who twice won the competition during his illustrious spell in charge at Barca, guided City into the group stage with victory over Steaua Bucharest in the play-off round.

The two sides were drawn together in Group C alongside Borussia Monchengladbach and Scottish champions Celtic. 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will take his new side back to his former club Barcelona

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will take his new side back to his former club Barcelona

Fabian Delph scores at the Etihad to complete 6-0 play-off win against Steaua Bucharest

Fabian Delph scores at the Etihad to complete 6-0 play-off win against Steaua Bucharest

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry took part in the Champions League group stage draw

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry took part in the Champions League group stage draw

Premier League champions Leicester will compete in the Champions League for the first time

Premier League champions Leicester will compete in the Champions League for the first time

Jamie Vardy (centre) and Co have been drawn against Porto, Bruges and Copenhagen

Jamie Vardy (centre) and Co have been drawn against Porto, Bruges and Copenhagen

Holland legend Clarence Seedorf was responsible for picking Leicester in Thursday's draw

Holland legend Clarence Seedorf was responsible for picking Leicester in Thursday’s draw

GROUP A 

Paris Saint-Germain 

Arsenal 

Basle 

Ludogorets 

GROUP B 

Benfica 

Napoli 

Dynamo Kyiv 

Besiktas

GROUP C

Barcelona 

Manchester City 

Borussia Monchengladbach 

Celtic

GROUP D 

Bayern Munich 

Atletico Madrid 

PSV Eindhoven 

Rostov 

Surprise Premier League winners Leicester came out in Group G at UEFA’s draw with Porto, Bruges and Copenhagen. 

Claudio Ranieri said: ‘It’s good for our fans to come here and for you (the media) – a lot of you are in the Champions League for the first time. It’s a very good experience and gift for everyone here. 

‘It’s a good experience to go around Europe. I hope it’s not just three away games – I hope for a little more.

‘I don’t know how many (Leicester need to qualify). Sometimes eight or 10 can be good, sometimes not. Slowly, slowly.’

Arsenal will face Paris St Germain, Basle and Bulgarian side Ludogorets in Group A, with Tottenham playing CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco in Group E.

Holders Real Madrid will meet Borussia Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon and Legia Warsaw while last year’s beaten finalists Atletico Madrid were pitted against Bayern Munich, PSV Eindhoven and Rostov.

Yet there was no doubting the most eye-catching group, with Guardiola given a trip back to the Nou Camp. 

Arsenal will rely on Alexis Sanchez's skills against Paris St Germain, Basle and Ludogorets

Arsenal will rely on Alexis Sanchez’s skills against Paris St Germain, Basle and Ludogorets

Henry grins after drawing his former club Arsenal during the ceremony in Monaco

Henry grins after drawing his former club Arsenal during the ceremony in Monaco

Tottenham's and Dele Alli will face CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco

Tottenham’s and Dele Alli will face CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco

Ex-Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy picked Tottenham in Thursday's draw

Ex-Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy picked Tottenham in Thursday’s draw

GROUP E 

CSKA Moscow 

Bayer Leverkusen 

Tottenham 

Monaco 

GROUP F 

Real Madrid 

Borussia Dortmund 

Sporting Lisbon 

Legia Warsaw 

GROUP G 

Leicester

Porto 

Club Bruges 

Copenhagen 

GROUP H

Juventus 

Sevilla 

Lyon 

Dinamo Zagreb

The 45-year-old also won La Liga three times in four years at the Barca helm.

But while he will be highly familiar with the club, many of City’s players will also know them well.

The Spanish champions beat City at the last-16 stage in both 2014 and 2015 while goalkeeper Claudio Bravo has just completed a move from Barca to Guardiola’s new side.

Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Best Player during the ceremony

Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Best Player during the ceremony

Ronaldo beat Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale (left) and Antoine Griezmann to the award

Ronaldo beat Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale (left) and Antoine Griezmann to the award

City also played Monchengladbach in the group stage last year en route to the semi-finals.

Their fourth opponents, Celtic, reached the group stage via a tortuous qualifying route involving ties against Lincoln Red Imps, Astana and Hapoel Beer Sheva.

Arsenal are playing in the Champions League for a 19th successive season while Spurs are returning for the first time since the 2010-11 campaign.

Manchester City have twice been knocked out by Barcelona at the last 16 stage

Manchester City have twice been knocked out by Barcelona at the last 16 stage

New signing Claudio Bravo will be making a quicker than expected return to the Nou Camp

New signing Claudio Bravo will be making a quicker than expected return to the Nou Camp

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