City drawn against Porto in Europa League

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18: FC Porto players celebrate with the trophy uring the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

By now you'll probably know that City have been handed a tough draw in the last 32 stage of the Europa League, having been paired with last years winners Porto - a tie that Roberto Mancini conceded was amongst the toughest that City could have been handed:

"Porto is probably the toughest game we could have. Manchester City against Porto feels like a Champions League game. I have come up against them as a player before and also a manager, they are a very good team and a very strong club in Europe.

"They are used to playing in Europe, in a great stadium. Not too many years ago they won the Champions League and also won the Europa League last year so they are a strong team. It will be a hard match for us. When I looked at the teams we could face I thought Porto would be the toughest. We know this game will be difficult, but also it will be difficult for them. It is a good game for the fans, a big team coming to Manchester, and we will be looking forward to it."

The ties are provisionally scheduled for 16th and 23rd February, with City travelling to Portugal for the first leg.

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