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City draw Aris Salonika in Europa League
Published : 17 Dec 2010 13:29:13
| Submit Comments| Comments (42)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapSEARCH FOR SILVERWARE: City boss Roberto ManciniManchester City have been drawn against Greek side Aris Salonika in the last 32 of the Europa League. If the Blues beat Aris, they will face the winner of Besiktas v Dynamo Kiev in the last 16. Aris' coach is the vastly-experienced Argentinian Hector Cuper, who like City boss Roberto Mancini once managed Inter Milan. City's football administrator Brian Marwood told Sky Sports News: "It's two former Inter Milan coaches going head to head and I'm looking forward to it. "With the preparation time we have we feel we're in a very strong position in terms of our squad. Roberto has had the opportunity to rotate the group which allows players to be rested before certain games. "It will be a difficult period, I think we play Manchester United before the away trip but as we get close we will prepare accordingly. "The beauty of having a squad like ours, when we have important games, if we can stay clear of injuries and suspensions, we feel we're in good shape. "You saw last night even with a lot of players who are not playing regularly, they were very sharp, very bright and there was a good intensity to the game." Europa League round of 32 matches to be played 17 & 24 February 2011. Napoli v VillarrealRangers v SportingSparta Prague v LiverpoolAnderlecht v AjaxLech Poznan v BragaBesiktas v Dynamo KievBasle v Spartak MoscowYoung Boys v Zenit St Petersburg Aris Salonika v Man City PAOK Salonika v CSKA MoscowSevilla v FC PortoRubin Kazan v FC TwenteLille v PSVBenfica v VfB StuttgartBATE v PSGFC Metalist Kharkiv v Bayer Leverkusen Round of 16 matches to be played 10 & 17 March 2010.