While the Dutch champions duly crumbled at home against City in the last round of fixtures, the Ukrainian side's 2-1 victory against the Italian league leaders was one of few surprises across the competition.
Shakhtar have been impressive enough this term, winning nine of their 11 games in all competitions, but City have been in formidable form. They got their Champions League journey to a fantastic start with a resounding 4-0 thrashing of Feyenoord at the Stadion Feijenoord a fortnight ago. They will hope to maintain the momentum against the Shakhtar but Guardiola expects a tough test from the Ukrainian champions.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling scored either side of Sergio Aguero's penalty miss as Manchester City beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 on Tuesday for a second straight victory in Group F of the Champions League.
Tuesday night's opponents are Shakhtar Donetsk.
And Sergio Aguero, two goals short of becoming City's all-time leading goalscorer, looked in the mood to grab both of them as quickly as possible.
I always thought it would take a while to get going after so many summer changes and I'm 100 per cent confident they will turn things around under Ronald Koeman.Читайте также: Julia Louis-Dreyfus 'Numb' After Record-Tying Emmy Win
Paulo Fonseca admits his Shakhtar side face a daunting task.
The club endured a similar disappointment the season before that, under Manuel Pellegrini, when they won their first five Premier League matches and yet ended the campaign in fourth.
Manchester City are going into this tie in hot form, winning 7 of their first 8 games this season and drawing one. "There is a long time to go, and a lot of games still to play". A penalty from Arkadiusz Milik left them anxious towards the end, but with the defence creaking they managed to hold on for a win the Italian side's manager, Maurizio Sarri, magnanimously insisted they deserved.
As for Everton, well sometimes in adversity you stumble across a system or a player who can spark a revival and I think the criticism of them is they lack a bit of pace and power up front, so in Oumar Niasse they have found that. "It's not a physical game". Leroy Sane's opening strike against West Brom was the culmination of a 52-pass move in which every City player touched the ball.
For the match in Manchester Shakhtar suitable status as the undisputed underdog.
Shakhtar were rocked last week by the news their captain Darijo Srna, the vastly experienced former Croatia global, had failed a drugs test. Srna insists he is innocent and the 35-year-old's absence will be keenly felt by a team that has already been forced to overcome more than its fair share of problems on and off the pitch in recent years.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.