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Season 2010/11

City face Aris of Greece in Europa League

  • 17 December 2010 12:45
  • Posted by Tim Oscroft

City will head to Greece for the round of 32 of the Europa League after having been drawn against Aris Thessaloniki.

The Greek side came second in their group behind Bayer Leverkusen but twice beat reigning Europa League champions Atletico Madrid on the way.

The away leg will take place on 15th February, not the original date of the 17th despite information to that effect originally posted on the UEFA web site. PAOK are also due to play at home in the same city that week in the Europa League.

City's footbal administrator Brian Marwood was in Nyon for the draw and he told mcfc.co.uk: "We're quite pleased, they may sixth in the Greek Super League but the fact that they have qualified for the last 32 for the first time says a lot about them and their ambitions.

"They have an extremely experienced coach in Hector Cuper, he did a good job at Valencia and Inter Milan, so these will be two games we will be taking extremely seriously. Beating the current holders twice in the group stages is no mean feat, and we will not be understimating them."

Should City get through, they will face either Besiktas or Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16.

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