Predicted Manchester City Lineup vs Shakhtar Donetsk

Predicted Manchester City Lineup vs Shakhtar Donetsk

"But he is so young", Guardiola was quoted as saying by Manchester City's Twitter account.

- Aguero scored his 150th Premier League goal in his 217th appearance - only Alan Shearer (212 games) has scored 150 in fewer games in Premier League history.

Guardiola's City now sit at the top of the Premier League table with 29 points, followed closely by Chelsea and Liverpool at 27 points each.

So it's fair to say that being 3-0 down after just 18 minutes was about as bad a start as it could have been for Saints who just seemed frozen.

Kevin De Bruyne is out with ligament damage and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo remains a long-term absentee.

Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi have recovered from injury and look set to feature in the matchday squad.

"He is more mature now than he was when we first met at the club".

But the Manchester City manager handled the situation in the most ideal way by criticising himself before anyone else could get the opportunity.

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"Every game is important, and you have to evaluate", he said.

Manchester City will welcome Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk to the Etihad Stadium for their fourth Group F encounter of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Manchester City have lost their last three home Champions League games, all in 2018 and all by the same scoreline - 1-2 against Basel, Liverpool and Lyon.

The England forward scored twice and caused the Saints problems all afternoon as City move two points clear at the top of the Premier League.

They would pull one back after half an hour, becoming the first English team to score against City since Newcastle at the Etihad at the start of September. 'They are the 12th man. Of course Manchester United is a big game but we can not start thinking about that until we have played Shakhtar.

Sterling laid on the second for Aguero six minutes later and it wasn't long before it was 3-0, Sterling chipping over a cross and the ball falling invitingly for Silva to lash home.

Sterling was then denied by a smart Alex McCarthy stop, but the Englishman was again involved a couple of minutes later as his chipped delivery was smashed into the back of the net by Silva for City's third of the match.

Ukrainian global Taras Stepanenko will take up one of the two pivot positions in the middle of the park for Shakhtar and will be partnered by 21-year-old Brazilian talent Maycon.

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