Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City, Champions League

by Steven Clarke December 7, 2017, 1:03
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City, Champions League

Guardiola took a full-strength squad to Kharkiv - barring the suspended Kevin De Bruyne and the slightly injured David Silva - so preparations for the derby can run as smoothly as possible, and before flying back to Manchester on Thursday the team will train together and be shown video analysis of their next opponents.

"You need to kill the game when you have one chance because they are City and they have quality as well up front and they can kill the game at any time".

De Bruyne says Manchester City will not sit back and play on the counter like Jose Mourinho does in big games for United.

Fonseca said: 'We are very pleased he will come to Kharkiv to watch this game.

First half goals from Shakhtar's Brazilian pair, both created by Brazilian-born Ukraine worldwide Marlos, proved enough to ensure the Ukraine champions would go into the draw on Monday with a plum tie against the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain on the cards.

This isn't a dead rubber by any means but Man City will be wary of the busy time they'll surely have on Sunday against Man Utd and don't have as much to play for as Shakhtar. We had two strikers in the second half and that helped, it was a big lesson for me.

"I have complete trust in the team. United will be confident going into the game because of what has happened this weekend for City, even though it has been a good week for City too, as they've scored three late winners and have taken maximum points".

Silva scored City's victor against West Ham on Sunday. We will be doing our job here and if we do it well, if we play our best football, that match will not matter.

The former West Ham defender says the Sky Blues do have some weaknesses in their style of play but admitted it is hard for the opposition to sustain the same level of energy City have been continually displaying until the final whistle.

"We've worked a bit on it".

"I hope we can win at the weekend, this is a really important match for us".

"What a chance we had to make it 2-2 late on".

"You get results in different ways and it looked as though we might have got one today. The fans won't mind it, as long as he gets a result".

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