Since getting into the Champions League for the first time in 2011 it's fair to say that Manchester City have never really shined on Europe's biggest stage. The first two seasons they couldn't make it out of the group stages but they did face off against against two European heavyweights.
In 2011/12 they had to take on Bayern Munich, Napoli and Villareal not the easiest group but a chance to finish second and progress further. Unfortunately their inexperience came to the surface and only managed a third place finsh and a spot in the Europa League.
Next season another tough group was handed to the unlucky Citizens in the form of Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax. Expectations were still high despite the group of death, many fans thinking that having experienced the Champions League last season the team would be more composed. Sadly this was not the case as City bowed out of the competition finishing last in the group and not managing to win a single game.
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The last two seasons have seen an improvement not by much but an improvement none the less. They've been able to make it to the round of sixteen after two consecutive second place finishes to Bayern Munich in the group stages.
Twice meeting Barcelona and twice getting beat without much of a fight over the two legs. It's fair to say that Manchester City have not had the best of luck when it comes to Champions League draws.
Could City even win the tournament?
After City's blistering start to the new Premier League season it's got people thinking that they could possibly go further than ever before in Europe. Their group consists of Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach fairly strong teams one being the runners-up from last season and another has won the Europa League for the last two years.
The way City have performed definitely puts them in good stead to possibly go on and win the group. Juventus have lost three pivotal players in the form of Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo. If the rumours are to be believed then they could also lose Paul Pogba to Chelsea so it seems they are not quite the force they were last season.
Sevilla may be Europa League champions for two years running but they are still the fifth best team in Spain and shouldn't pose to much of a threat. Same can be said for Borussia Monchengladbach seeing as they are only the third best team in the Bundesliga and realistically City should have too much quality for both these teams.
If they do manage to win the group and get a favourable draw for the round of sixteen, then it's completely plausible for them to make it into the quarter finals.
A brilliant achievement for them and it would prove a lot of people wrong about the managerial abilities of Manuel Pellergini. Anything can happen at the final eight stage, dare I say it they could even go on to win it. Now that would be a pretty good story.