De Bruyne and Sterling strike as City sink Shakhtar

De Bruyne and Sterling strike as City sink Shakhtar

City have scored 22 goals in their past five games and conceded just once.

The record City will be chasing dates from eight years ago, when Chelsea swept all before them under Carlo Ancelotti en route to the Premier League and FA Cup double.

The City boss said the atmosphere within the squad was good because the team had started the season so strongly. They managed a surprise 2-1 victory against Napoli in their first Group F tie at the OSK Metalist Arena and will be looking to pull off another big upset tonight.

With Pep Guardiola stated in his Crystal Palace pre-match press conference that Kompany was back in contention.

"Fabian Delph was man of the match".

The Belgian broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart after David Silva's run had ended with the Spaniard teeing up an opening which De Bruyne despatched clinical from 20 yards into the top, right-hand corner.

Paulo Fonseca will be without the services of Captain Darijo Srna, who is now embroiled in a doping scandal after he tested positive for a banned substance.

There were also back-to-back wins in April against West Brom and Norwich by scorelines of 4-0 and 6-1, Aguero scoring twice in each game while Carlos Tevez hit a hat-trick against the Canaries. Taison has repeatedly won Brazil caps, and this time they've invited Fred. "We're professionals and all the players are here to win games and when they win, their lives as professionals are better".

City are unbeaten in their last nine Champions League home games while Shakhtar have lost all four of their last away games in the competition.

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"You know if things aren't going well he is the kind of player who can produce that bit of magic for us, put us that goal up or pull us back into the game".

Along with Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus, the Selecao is proudly represented at the Etihad.

Aguero now have a total of 176 goals and 54 assists in 260 appearances across all competitions.

Aguero will become the club's all-time top scorer if he nets two or more against Shakhtar.

Shakhtar fans wishing to watch their team play in their current lodgings face a 600km round trip from Donetsk to this former home of the now defunct FC Metalist Kharkiv, who went out of business past year.

BT Sport 3 and BT Sport 4K UHD will be broadcasting the game.

He is just coming off of scoring a brace against Zirka Kropyvnytsky and while most of the attention will be on his far more illustrious and experienced compatriot leading the line for his opponents tonight, it will be interesting to see how the 26-year-old copes against world class opposition.

Manchester City may have the odds in their favour but they must not expect a walkover at home to Shakhtar Donetsk this evening, Pep Guardiola has warned.

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