Champions League

Guardiola happy after tough win over Donetsk

2017-09-27 09:53
Pep Guardiola (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Pep Guardiola congratulated his Manchester City side on Tuesday after they overcame a tough test to earn a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

City were not at their fluent best against the Ukrainians in their Group F tie at the Etihad Stadium, but they managed to eke out a win thanks to second-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

After the match Guardiola praised the application of his side in the face of a different kind of challenge.

"We made an extraordinary performance, especially in the second half. They play short passes, they make amazing build-up, they are a machine. They are well organised defensively,” he said.

"So, a lot of credit (for) our victory. We faced a team who demand a lot to beat them. It was a big victory for us."

Frustrated by the visitors in the first half, City eventually edged ahead three minutes after the  break through De Bruyne before Sergio Aguero squandered the chance to equal the club's goalscoring record when he saw his penalty saved. Sterling, on as a sub secured the points with a last-minute strike.

"We didn't concede almost anything but it is a tough, tough, tough team to play, Shakhtar Donetsk, always," added Guardiola.

"In the last eight or 10 years they were always in the Champions League. They sometimes arrive in the quarter-finals. It is always complicated to play against them, that is why I am so satisfied."

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Tuesday, 05 March 2019
Real Madrid v Ajax, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur, Signal-Iduna-Park 22:00
Wednesday, 06 March 2019
Porto v Roma, Estadio Do Dragao 22:00
PSG v Manchester United, Parc des Princes 22:00
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Juventus v Atletico Madrid, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Manchester City v Schalke 04, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Bayern Munchen v Liverpool, Allianz-Arena 22:00
Barcelona v Olympique Lyonnais, Camp Nou 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which English Premier League club will progress furthest in this season's Champions League?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.