Guardiola uneasy over lofty Manchester City comparisons

Wednesday, 27 Sep, 2017

Manchester City left-back Benjamin Mendy faces a late fitness test for Tuesday's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad Stadium. City missed a lot of chances, including a penalty from Sergio Agüero, and if it wasn't for Éderson and Fernandinho they may have lost this one.

The Citizens are set to go head-to-head with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar in their second Group F Champions League match of the season, having comfortably dispatched of Feyenoord by four goals to nil two weeks ago.

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A player with Shakhtar since 2003, the Croatian full-back was informed he had failed a drug test last week and is taking a self-imposed break from football to try and clear his name.

Using a 3-5-1-1 formation, the choice of current Uefa Champions League managers for a "Best XI" is made up to include Valverde (Barcelona), Zidane (Real Madrid) and Simeone (Atlético Madrid) from LaLiga as well as Guardiola (Manchester City) and Conte (Chelsea) from the Premier League.

Speaking via the Manchester Evening News, Pep said: "We need our fans - hopefully they can come". This is a side who will come to Manchester and think they can compete, they wont be afraid to get on the ball and attack city and unlike alot of City's Premier League opposition this side will be comfortable in possession. "He didn't make a good pre-season, he was not good in those games and he didn't deserve to play", Guradiola told a press conference, according to Squawka. When you see players joining United they either struggle with the pressure or grow with that expectation level and he looks like he's grown in stature.

"That shows that I'm on the right track and I'm one of the leaders of the team", said De Bruyne. Srna insists he is innocent and the 35-year-old's absence will be keenly felt by a team that has already been forced to overcome more than its fair share of problems on and off the pitch in recent years.

Please note that the match gets underway at 7.45pm.

"It's too early to say, because I have players here who I didn't have in the past", he added.

We're getting towards the stage of the season where we're going to be playing on some wet pitches, where our power and strength will help us.

"We've changed since previous year", he added. The little Argentine is just one short of Eric Brook's all-time record of 177 for City going into the game against Shakhtar. A lot of teams enjoy those early-season flawless pitches, but as we get those tougher conditions the quality and fitness shines through. 'Facing him for numerous seasons, he always seemed to score against us.