Last season’s UEFA Champions League runners-up Juventus kick off the 2015/16 campaign with a visit to Manchester City FC and Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho will not be in the thick of action.
Iheanacho was not registered by Manchester City for this stage of the UEFA Champuions League.
Both of these Group D rivals had their hopes dashed by FC Barcelona in 2014/15 – City lost 3-1 on aggregate to the eventual champions in the last 16, before Juventus fell by the same scoreline in the final in Berlin.
Brian Kidd, City’s assistant manager, scored in their 1-0 home win over Juventus on 15 September 1976 in the UEFA Cup first round. Juventus turned the tables in Turin, winning 2-0 through Gaetano Scirea and Roberto Boninsegna.
The clubs played out two 1-1 draws in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage, with Adam Johnson cancelling out Vincenzo Iaquinta’s goal in Manchester. City ended up as group winners with Juventus eliminated in third place after six draws.
Second in the Premier League in 2015, City are competing in the group stage for the fifth year running. In each of their last two campaigns, they advanced to the round of 16.
City won just one of their four home fixtures last season – against FC Bayern München (3-2) last November – and have only three wins from their last 11.
City’s three home encounters with Serie A visitors this decade have all ended 1-1 – including last September’s meeting with AS Roma. Their last home win over Italian opponents was against AC Milan (3-0) in the 1978/79 UEFA Cup third round, with Kidd among the scorers.
This is the fourth successive group stage campaign for the Italian champions, who are unbeaten in their last four away games in the competition.


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