Manchester City fall to first defeat as Shakhtar seal progress with win

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07 Diciembre, 2017

The Ukrainian champions need to deny City victory at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv on Wednesday to guarantee themselves a place in the last 16.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva is doubtful for Sunday's Premier League derby against Manchester United after picking up an injury, manager Pep Guardiola said.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk have reached the knockout stages in three of their last six Champions League campaigns, their best performance dating back to 2010/11 (quarter-finalists).

Mourinho suggested Guardiola was being less than truthful by expressing doubts about the fitness of David Silva and hinted Wenger had done the same with regard to Alexandre Lacazette prior to United's 3-1 win at Arsenal on Saturday.

Matic is injured but will play for sure. I don't know whether he will recover for Sunday. That is why we are so happy - every game is so tough and it is important to keep our momentum.

Mourinho's first season at Real Madrid in 2010-11 culminated in an infamously spiky series of matches against Guardiola's Barcelona, who would have the last laugh by claiming a La Liga and Champions League double.

A win will see City break a Premier League record for most consecutive wins while at the same time shatter United's unbeaten record at home - which will stretch to 40 in all competitions if they avoid a loss to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday [5 December] night. "You want the truth", the United boss said, laughing.

"For long parts of the game, we were in with a chance of getting a result".

Shakhtar's motivation was obvious and in Brazilians Taison and Bernard they boasted plenty of attacking drive.

Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are among the teams United could now face in the next round, but Mourinho said his side would advance confident that they will inspire fear in their next opponents.

He got there but seemed to pull out of the challenge - allowing the defender to roll the ball into the empty net.

It's reported that the reason United failed to sign him in the last transfer window was because Pochettino didn't want to offload two full-backs in one window and Kyle Walker had already joined City.

"He felt uncomfortable after his goal [against West Ham]".


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