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UEFA Champions League: Manchester City Sink Shakhtar Donetsk Despite Injury Crisis

Updated: 19 September 2019 11:39 IST

Manchester City made a flying start to the Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk.

 

Pep Guardiola insisted he never doubted Manchester City could cope with their defensive injury crisis as his side made a flying start to the Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. City boss Guardiola was forced to deploy Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho at centre-back after losing Aymeric Laporte and John Stones to recent injuries. But Fernandinho slotted in comfortably at the back as City easily subdued Shakhtar with first-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan at the Metalist Stadium.

Gabriel Jesus netted City's third goal in the closing stages to ensure they made the long flight home with three points stowed away.

"When you win the manager makes the right decisions, when you lose the wrong decisions. We lost one game in eight months and we will not doubt who these players are. It is a joy to be their manager," Guardiola said.

"We defended really well and created chances. We don't have many choices in defence.

"Fernandinho's the only one I have. He is a clever player and so intelligent and an incredible guy.

"He has a lot of experience and personality and what he says the people follow him in the locker room. He's important."

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Highlights
  • Manchester City started their Champions League campaign with a big win
  • Manchester City defeated Shakhtat Donestk 3-0 in their opening match
  • Gabriel Jesus netted City's third goal in the closing stages
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