First Barcelona, now Guardiola's Man City? Welcome back to the group stage, Celtic. After losing 7-0 at Camp Nou, the Scottish side welcome a City squad to Glasgow with a perfect record across all competitions. If it's any consolation, Kevin de Bruyne will miss this match and could be out for four weeks with a hamstring injury. Fellow attacker Raheem Sterling should have no problem picking up the slack, however, as he reunites with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who gave him his debut at Liverpool at age 17. The Glaswegians prepared for this match by dispatching Kilmarnock 6-1, including a pair of goals from Moussa Dembele, who now has nine in ten appearances for the club. With the match at the raucous Celtic Park, don't expect a repeat of Barca's rout, but City should still expect to return to Manchester with three points.
By beating Israeli side Hapoel Be'er Sheva in their playoff, Celtic are back in the group stage after missing out for two straight years. Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers began to put his stamp on the club by signing former Fulham hot prospect Moussa Dembele, despite interest from various EPL clubs, along with EPL journeyman Scott Sinclair and two time Premier League winning defender, Kolo Toure. Striker Leigh Griffiths will again lead the line after scoring 40 goals in all competitions last season. After having a few comfortable years in the Scottish Premier League without rivals Rangers, proving themselves in the Champions League is necessary to be seen as more than just a big fish in a very small pond.
While City have blossomed into one of the top teams in England, European glory has continued to be frustratingly out of their grasp. To that end, the Citizens finally got their man, Pep Guardiola. His mandate is clear - win Manchester City’s first ever Champions League trophy. Pep has made his mark early - banishing Joe Hart to Turin in favor of Claudio Bravo, calling in midfield reinforcements from the Bundesliga in İlkay Gündoğan and Leroy Sane, and strengthening in attack with Nolito. If Sergio Aguero can remain healthy, there can be no excuses for not making a confident run toward the final this year.
Scored a perfect hattrick in his first Old Firm derby, making him an instant hero.
Played for Arsenal's Invincibles before joining Manchester City and, later, Liverpool.