“I can’t deny we’re in better form than West Ham and have better results. The last 12 or 13 games [in the Premier League] we won, but they didn’t win for long and they don’t get results. So we are better, we can’t deny that.”
“But tomorrow we start again, and I was a player — I trust the players to be professional. They have experience there and they have a manager with experience to handle that experience. I can’t think it’s already done or it’ll be easy. I can’t think, it’s West Ham, we can make six or seven changes and the second team is going to play. I think it’s ridiculous.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s remarks ahead of the Premier League clash during the weekend against West Ham indicated his refusal to throw caution to the winds in spite of the opposition’s dismal form. His attitude was further reflected in the side’s dominant 2-1 win over the Hammers with the likes of Leroy Sane, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero starting upfront instead of being rested.
The Citizens will be facing a stern test in the next Champions League Home clash against second-placed Ukranian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk who will be eager to register nothing short of a draw in order to guarantee a Round of 16 berth. Italian giants Napoli are on the prowl with 6 points, just 3 points adrift of Shakhtar and enjoy a comparatively easy contest against Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord.
Facundo Ferreyra is the leading goal-scorer for the visitors with 13 goals while Argentinian legendary striker Sergio Aguero leads the charts for the Citizens having slammed 9 goals so far. Benjamin Mendy and John Stones will not feature due to injuries while midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne misses out due to suspension. Taison and Bhodan Butko are expected to miss out for the visitors in this all-important clash.
The match will be telecasted live in the United Kingdom on BT Sport ESPN.
Manchester City : 4-3-3
Walker Otamendi Mangala Danilo
B.Silva Fernandinho Silva
Sterling Jesus Sane
Shakhtar Donetsk: 4-2-3-1
Butko Ordec Rakitskiy Ismaily
Marlos Taison Bernard
Manchester City will be expected to register a convincing victory at home considering the impressive squad depth and momentum they enjoy. Raheem Sterling has been extremely efficient in front of goal this season with Brazilian youngster Gabriel Jesus smashing in goals left, right and center. The previously sloppy defense is much more composed in comparison and can be expected to hold off any threat from the opposition. It will be extremely interesting to witness the Citizens perform in the absence of their talismanic midfielder Kevin De Bruyne who is ruled out due to suspension.
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