With the Champions league returning tonight Premier League Champions Manchester City look to get their European Season back on track after already dropping three points in their opening two games. In tonight’s Group F fixture Pep Guardiola’s men travel to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk on the back of a five-goal thrashing of Premier League neighbours Burnley.
Currently sitting second in the group after an opening day defeat to Lyon, followed by three points in the win against German side Hoffenheim, a win tonight could see the Blues sneak into top spot.
Despite their domestic domination the blues crashed out of the competition in the quarter final stage last season losing both legs to Premier league side Liverpool, however that didn’t stop many people naming City as one of the favourites for this seasons competition, a tag Guardiola is quick to quash, after winning the title with Barcelona he commented in the build up to tonight’s game;
“We are going to put in all effort to win this competition, but from what I saw last season we are not ready, that's what I feel, that doesn't mean we are not going to try”.
“It's one important thing to win this kind of title, you have to be pushed – not just by the manager, by everyone surrounding Manchester City that we have to win it. And still we don't have that feeling, the feeling that the fans are pushing that we have to win the Champions League.”
Team news for tonight see’s a possible return for England defender Kyle Walker who missed Saturday’s win over Burnley with a Groin issue, but there is still no sign of Brazilian full back Danilo who injured his ankle on international duty last week, while midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is still unavailable with a hamstring injury. In the groups other game leaders Lyon travel to German side Hoffenhiem were any less than three points in addition to a Man City win will see the French side drop down the table.
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