Shakhtar vs Manchester city: match preview Champions League

Шахтар - Манчестер Сіті: анонс матчу Ліги чемпіонів

In the third round of the Champions League Donetsk “Shakhtar” will accept English “Manchester city”. Despite an inconsistent start to the competition, both teams in this match will need to win. The most interesting about the match – in the announcement of the 24 channels.

Shakhtar Vs Manchester City

Date: 23 Oct, 22:00.
Stadium: “Metalist”, Kharkiv.
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Telecasting on TV channel “Football 1”

The history of confrontation

Shakhtar and Manchester city before that in official matches met only twice. It was last season in the Champions League. In the first match of the English team has won at home 2:0. In Kharkiv in the last round match “townspeople” came polarisierung composition, because it won all five matches and have solved the problem of qualifying from the group. Thanks to the victory of 2:1 (for the Pitmen was scored by Bernard and Ishmael), Shakhtar managed to reach the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. It is worth noting that it was the first defeat “my Teams” this season.

Before the match

However, if last season Manchester city could have afforded such an attitude concerning the match against Shakhtar, then no. One of the reasons is the schedule. Then it was the last match in the group, while in this third game, when nothing has been decided.

The second reason is a bad start “my Teams” in the Champions League. The team unexpectedly lost on the home field in the first round against Lyon. In the match against Hoffenheim won only at the end of the match. When this goal “blue” conceded in the first minute of the meeting. Therefore, in the match against “Shakhtar” guests will only fight for the victory. Other results for the team PEP Guardiola will be equivalent to defeat.

Needs to win and Shakhtar to keep chances of qualifying to the knockout stages of European competitions. And here we are talking about the Champions League and the Europa League. In the first round, the Pitmen rescued a draw at home against Hoffenheim in the second, missed the victory by a margin of two goals over Lyon. Therefore, the loss of points in a match against “Manchester city” will jeopardize not only an exit in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League, but the passage into the Europa League. Considering that the team ahead will be difficult trips to England and Germany.

The Problem Of “Shakhtar”

For this match Shakhtar is suitable with a number of problems. Main – the loss leaders of the team due to injury. The match will play Tyson, who was injured earlier. However, on the eve of the match it became known that the exact opposite of the “Teams” will not play midfielder Marlos. Also questionable part in the match and defender Ismail.

The word trainers

“We orientirueshsya to not change his principles. I always try to play equally against any opponent, regardless of meet with Manchester city or another club. It will be hard tomorrow? So. We understand how strong the opponent collectively and individually. It’s hard to resist. Perhaps in certain periods we more time boronates to be without the ball. However, whenever possible, plan to take the initiative and demonstrate your football,” said Fonseca.

“In the Champions League we also all right, except for that first 45 minutes against Lyon. Guys are motivated and we’re watching them every workout and make conclusions,” said Guardiola.

“Highlight” confrontation

There’s at least one person for whom the match Shakhtar vs Manchester city is of particular importance. Midfielder of the English team Oleksandr Zinchenko. He is a graduate of the “miners”, but left the club with the scandal. Despite the fact that the player has a permanent place in the starting lineup (even the replacement comes out), it took Guardiola’s pre-match press conference in Kharkiv.

Shakhtar for you home club. When will be able to go out and score, you will be happy with the goal?
– A good question. I hope you’ll see it tomorrow.


It is disappointing for Shakhtar. Unlike last season, this time Manchester city will not allow themselves careless attitude to match, and will focus only on winning. And even the absence of Gundogan in the match due to injury does not make the guests weaker team. Frankly, the “my Teams” now one of the most powerful clubs. And the loss of key attacking players makes the position of the Pitmen, even more disappointing. Prediction 0:2.

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