City delighted to be on big stage

“The football club is making history. It’s the first time it’s ever competed at this level and it’s such an exciting time for everyone connected with the club to be sat in a room with some of the best teams in Europe and the world,” club administrator Brian Marwood said.

“The ambition is to stay at that level. One thing this club has been over the years is inconsistent and we have to make sure we are coming back here year after year.”

Despite his confidence, City will start as favourites to exit the competition after being drawn with Bayern Munich, as well as Spanish side Villarreal and Napoli, both of whom will be confident of reaching the knock out phase.