Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City commentary: Line-ups confirmed for Champions League clash at the Metalist Stadium – LIVE on talkSPORT


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Manchester City will have to regroup from Saturday’s shock defeat to Noriwch when they kick off their Champions League campaign at Shakhtar Donetsk.

Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions were stunned at Carrow Road on Saturday, being beaten 3-2 after a woeful defensive display.

City, whose ultimate goal is winning the Champions League, face a tricky clash in their Group C opener with a long trip east face Ukrainian champions Shakhtar.

Man City star Raheem Sterling

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Man City star Raheem Sterling

The two met in the group stages last season as well and City will have fond memories having won both ties with an aggregate score-line of 9-0.

Their group is made up by Dinamo Zagreb and Atalanta and Guardiola will be eager for his side to set the tone in their opening clash.

talkSPORT will be in eastern Europe for the clash and here’s how you can tune in.

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: How to listen

The Group C clash will get under way at 8pm on Wednesday, September 18.

Full coverage from the Metalist Stadium will be live on talkSPORT, with our programme starting at 7pm.

Hugh Woozencroft will bring you all the build-up from Kharkiv before our live commentary with Jim Proudfoot and Trevor Sinclair.

To tune in, just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.

For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: What has been said?

Pep Guardiola: “Every time I play against Shakhtar the way they play is very similar. It’s really tough, especially the first one, that team was incredibly good. Always it is tough.

“Last season is one of the best teams I have ever seen in terms of organised 4-4-2 and it is quite similar now.

“They are incredible on the counter attack and playing short. Hopefully we can play in good rhythm. The first game in Champions League is important.

“We know last season we lost at home to Lyon and we went on and won all our games. Others didn’t, it’s a short competition.

“The way we play is not common in England, it’s always more difficult to play against Shakhtar, I have a lot of respect for this club.”

Pep Guardiola’s Man City suffered a shock defeat to Norwich at the weekend

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Pep Guardiola’s Man City suffered a shock defeat to Norwich at the weekend

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: Team news

John Stones will be out for around five weeks with a muscular problem suffered in training and Phil Foden has a virus and will miss out.

The Premier League champions will also be without long-term absentees Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane while Benjamin Mendy is only fit enough for the bench again.

Kevin De Bruyne only played 33 minutes against Norwich on Saturday so starts tonight.

Shakhtar Donetsk: TO FOLLOW

Subs:

Man City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Zinchenko, Gundogan, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.

Subs: Bravo, Aguero, Bernardo, Silva, Mendy, Cancelo, E Garcia.


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