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

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Manchester City have only 1 centre-back available due to their opening Champions League Group C associate with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Only Nicolas Otamendi is fit with John Stones ruled out due to a muscle trauma and Aymeric Laporte (knee) also sidelined until the new calendar year.
Fernandinho is anticipated to fill the emptiness and manager Pep Guardiola says that the fundamental midfielder”can cope with this”.
“He can do well since my players are well,” he said.
“We shall create something, it’s what it really is.”
City lost land on league leaders Liverpool with a 3-2 defeat by Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, but Guardiola insists he’s”ready for the challenge” because he aims to deliver the Champions League this season – that the only prize he’s yet to win Etihad Stadium.
“Football is not how you manage great scenarios, but how you handle bad ones,” he added.
“We won seven names and nobody gave us anythingwe did it all ourselves.
“As a manager, it is an incredible challenge with just one central refuge, and that I like to prove myself.”
Teenage midfielder Phil Foden is also out of the tie due to a”virus issue with the gut”.
City start their Group C campaign in the Metalist Stadium, where they became the first team to beat the Allied side off with a comfortable 3-0 victory last year.
But Guardiola is wary of those hosts, even having lost the previous season in the Champions League.
“They are incredible over the counter-attack and enjoying with short,” he explained.
“Hopefully we could play with in great rhythm. The game at Champions League is essential.
“Each time that I play against Shakhtar that the way they play is very similar. Always it is tough.”

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