Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk

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It has been an excellent start to the camapign for The Citizens with the club yet to taste defeat thus far, with Pep Guardiola looking to eradicate the disappointing result of his first season in England in which he failed to win a trophy for the first time in his managerial career.

Facundo Ferreyra celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals first leg football match SC Braga vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Braga Municipal stadium in Braga on April 7, 2016.

It will be the five-time winners' first away game in the Champions League since a 2-2 draw at Ludugorets Razgrad in 2014. They will hope to maintain the momentum against the Shakhtar but Guardiola expects a tough test from the Ukrainian champions.

Pep Guardiola's free-scoring side had netted 23 goals in their previous five games, but any notions of recording yet another crushing victory were ended fairly quickly as City struggled to break down the well organised and disciplined visitors in a tightly contested first-half.

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany will be missing once again as he continues to struggle to overcome the calf injury he suffered while on global duty this month.

Dortmund and title holders Real meet in the group stage for the second year running. "There is a long time to go, and a lot of games still to play".

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"When we play at home we feel we are going to score goals". After routing Crystal Palace at the weekend, City are now top of the Premier League table, level on points with Manchester United but ahead on goal difference.

Liverpool have had a topsy-turvy start to the season, which included conceding a late equaliser in their 2-2 opening draw with Sevilla on their Champions League return.

Midfielder Fabian Delph and winger Leroy Sane have even been asked to fill in at left-back during the opening weeks of the season, highlighting a potential weakness in City's star-studded squad when Mendy is unavailable.

There has been an indifference to some of the competition's nuances, when looked at in comparison to the excitement of the Premier League, while antipathy towards governing body UEFA and ticketing issues have not helped. However Tottenham have won just two of their last 11 matches on their travels in Europe and are without both Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen through suspension. This is their seventh group stage appearance in eight years.

Manchester City are yet to play a goalless Champions League game and I can't see that changing this week. Most recently though we did beat them in the round of 16, in 2016. They host Feyenoord needing to translate their excellent domestic form to European competition.

"It's just September, [it's] game by game and we focus on all competitions now".

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