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

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Manchester City have 1 centre-back available due to their opening Champions League Group C associate with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Just Nicolas Otamendi is match with John Stones ruled out because of a muscle trauma and Aymeric Laporte (knee) also sidelined before the new calendar year.
Fernandinho is predicted to fill the void and manager Pep Guardiola claims that the central midfielder“can cope with this“.
„He can succeed because my players are well,“ he explained.
„We will make something, it is what it really is.“
City lost ground on league leaders Liverpool with a 3-2 defeat by Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, but Guardiola insists he is“prepared for the challenge“ because he aims to deliver the Champions League this year – that the only prize he is yet to succeed at Etihad Stadium.
„Football is not how you handle great circumstances, but the way to handle bad ones,“ he added.
„We won seven titles and no one gave us anything, we did it all ourselves.
„As a manager, it is an incredible challenge with only one central guardian, and I like to prove myself.“
Teenage midfielder Phil Foden can also be from the tie due to a“virus issue with the gut“.
City start their Group C campaign at the Metalist Stadium, at which they became the first team to win against the Ukrainian side away with a comfortable 3-0 victory last season.
But Guardiola is wary having lost to them the preceding season in the Champions League.
„They’re amazing on the counter-attack and enjoying short,“ he explained.
„Hopefully we could perform in good rhythm. The very first game in Champions League is crucial.
„Every time I play against Shakhtar the way that they play is very similar. Always it’s tough.“

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