Champions League sting! Key dates for 2011/12
- Fri 17 Jun 2011, 10:31AM
- Posted by David Clayton
City have been handed a Champions League sting after learning each group stage game will be followed by an away Premier League fixture.
The Blues will have three home games and three away matches in the group stages and they will be followed by trips to Chelsea, Fulham and QPR as well as north-west derbies against Blackburn, Manchester United and Liverpool.
Here are some dates and info that you need to make a note of for the three knock-out competitions Roberto Mancini’s side are involved in.
The Blues will enter the Carling Cup at the third round stage this season due to Champions League qualification. That means just five wins away from another Wembley final – the dates for this year’s competition are:
Round 3: 21 September
Round 4: 26 October
Round 5: 30 November
Semi-final, first leg: 11 January
Semi-final, second leg: 25 January
Final: 26 February
The Champions League group stages begin in September and it would take 12 games to reach the final in Munich next May. The draw takes place on 25 August in Monaco and the games are played on either a Tuesday or Wednesday with the key dates being:
Matchday 1: 13–14 September 2011
Matchday 2: 27–28 September 2011
Matchday 3: 18–19 October 2011
Matchday 4: 1–2 November 2011
Matchday 5: 22–23 November 2011
Matchday 6: 6–7 December 2011
The Round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals are played over two legs and the final will be on 19 May at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
City begin their defence of the FA Cup on 7 January and will hope the quest ends at Wembley on 5 May. The dates for the 2011/12 competition are:
FA Cup third round: 7 January
FA Cup fourth round: 28 January
FA Cup fifth round: 18 February
FA Cup sixth round: 17 March
FA Cup semi-final: 14 April
FA Cup Final: 5 May