Blues will have to do it the hard way
- Fri 25 May 2012, 7:16AM
- Posted by David Clayton
It may be more than three months away, but several of this morning’s papers are already focusing on the Champions League draw in August and who the Blues may or may not face.
Incredibly for the Premier League champions, there is even speculation City may end up in a dreaded ‘group of death’ with at least one of Europe’s blue chip sides – perhaps more.
Leading the way is the Daily Star’s Jeremy Cross, who writes: “Manchester City are facing the prospect of another ‘Group of Death’ in next season’s Champions League.
“Roberto Mancini’s Premier League winners have now targeted becoming kings of Europe after landing a first title for 44 years.
“But they could end up in a group that includes the champions of Spain, Italy and Germany when the draw is made.
“Mancini’s men will be in pot two for the draw in Monaco on August 30 and will face one of the top seeds from AC Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Porto.
“But Juventus will be in pot three alongside super-rich French outfit Paris St Germain while Bundesliga kings Borussia Dortmund will probably be in pot four.”
Meanwhile, in an unattributed piece in The Daily Express, alleged City target Eden Hazard is said to be close to making a final decision on which of the three Premier League sides believed to be chasing his signature.
However, the talented Belgian youngster has issued a warning to his prospective employers, with the Express quoting him as saying: “The final choice also depends on how much I play and the position where I play. Not everyone can say that he can choose from these three clubs.
“I don’t know when a decision will be made about my future but it will be between Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.”