Champions League: Manchester City ignore injury woes to sink Shakhtar

Tanya Simon
September 19, 2019

With Laporte out injured and Kompany gone, City looked vulnerable and the Canaries took full advantage.

Manchester City have won three of their previous four meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk in European competitions, including a 6-0 home win and a 3-0 away win in the group stage last term.

It's another blow for Pep Guardiola, who is now down to one senior central defender after Stones joined Aymeric Laporte on the sidelines.

Fernandinho could drop into centre-back, something which Guardiola did with Javier Mascherano at Barcelona.

However, the Algerian certainly staked his claim to do so in the future with his first-half display vs Shakhtar.

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has the personality and experience to solve their injury crisis in defence, manager Pep Guardiola has said.

Kingsley Coman headed them into the lead in the 34th minute from a fine Ivan Perisic cross and the Bundesliga's leading scorer Robert Lewandowski slid in for the second goal in the 80th.

On the dot of 38 minutes, Gundogan extended Man City advantage, with a cool finish from Mahrez assist.

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He gave a modest assessment of his own performance while looking ahead to City's clash with Watford on Saturday, when they will hope to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat at Norwich City in their last Premier League outing.

Shakhtar's only success against The Citizens came on match-day 6 of the 2017/18 campaign against a heavily rotated squad. The Belgian then picked out Jesus with a well-timed pass and the striker finished coolly.

Forward of Metropolis's Champions League opener in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk, Guardiola introduced that Stones faces 4 to 5 weeks out after struggling a muscular downside throughout coaching on Tuesday morning.

Manchester City scored the most goals (30) and had the best shot conversion rate (17%) in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League.

Shakhtar Donetsk sure have the form factor favouring them entering into this clash with Manchester City, but the Premier League champions are a unsafe side hungry for success.

Shakhtar, always a danger with their blend of Brazilians, have netted in nine of their last 10 "home" games in the Champions League - the exception being their shellacking by City - and both teams to score has a fair chance at 10-11 with Betfred.

Sir Alex Ferguson at times during his Manchester United career would see a game too far with players and say, "that's it, you're done".

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