Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City: Pep Guardiola ‘ready for the challenge’ in Ukraine

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Manchester City have one centre-back available due to their opening Champions League Group C associate with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Only Nicolas Otamendi is match with John Stones ruled out because of a muscle trauma and Aymeric Laporte (knee) also sidelined before the new year.
Fernandinho is predicted to fill the void and director Pep Guardiola says that the central midfielder”can cope with this”.
“He will do well because my players are well,” he explained.
“We will make something, it’s what it is.”
City lost land on team leaders Liverpool having a 3-2 defeat by Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, however Guardiola insists he’s”prepared for the battle” because he aims to deliver the Champions League this season – the only trophy he is yet to win Etihad Stadium.
“Soccer is not how you manage good circumstances, but the way to handle bad ones,” he added.
“we won seven names and nobody gave us anything, we did it ourselves.
“As a manager, it’s an extraordinary challenge with only one central guardian, and that I love to prove myself.”
Teenage midfielder Phil Foden can also be from the tie because of a”virus problem with the stomach”.
City begin their Group C campaign in the Metalist Stadium, in which they had been the first team to win against the Ukrainian side away with a victory last year.
But Guardiola is cautious having lost in the Champions League the preceding season to them.
“They are amazing over the counter-attack and playing with short,” he explained.
“Hopefully we can play with in good rhythm. The first game in Champions League is crucial.
“Each time I play against Shakhtar the way that they play is quite similar. Consistently it is tough.”

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