Star duo set to miss Shakhtar clash, Mendy faces late fitness test

Manchester City

France worldwide Mendy was forced off during the first half of Saturday's victory over Crystal Palace with a knee injury but the problem is not considered serious. City also signed Benjamin Mendy and Danilo from Monaco and Real Madrid respectively.

Aguero, who is just one short of equalling City's all-time goalscoring record of 177, has tormented Spurs since arriving in England in 2011, netting nine times against the Londoners.

'To play against, he is a nightmare, ' said Walker.

Many namedNapoli as the favourite to pass into the knockout stages, but goals from Taison and Facundo Ferreyra gave them the surprising 2-1 victory and will be looking for something similar in Eastlands.

Despite Pep Guardiola's public warning to his team to not underestimate their opponents, it is hard to see the visitors coming out of this tie victorious when they come up against a clinical and rampant City side who are yet to suffer defeat this season.

While many expect this to be a cake walk for the early pace setters in the Premier League I personally think we shouldnt be so quick to discount this Shakhtar team.

"It is better to be in this position but it's just September - there's a long time, a lot of games still to play", the City boss told a news conference.

After the 6-0 dismantling of Watford, Guardiola spoke of his happiness and how he believes this season's opening good form is more substantial than last season's.

That record was set by 1930s hero Eric Brook and has stood since league football shut down for the Second World War.




He then took the time to talk about City's upcoming opponents, admitting that they amaze Guardiola every time he faces the Ukranian outfit.

Shakhtar have also been in great form this season, winning all but 2 of their 12 games this season.

Which is not to say that City will do anything other than seek to annihilate the visitors.

All four teams in the group have one point, after Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 at Maribor.

Pep Guardiola will however, be without star duo Ilkay Gundogan and Vincent Kompany. Entertain us at least, you pompous tyrants, otherwise you're really just blinged-up bureaucrats.

"Now we have five strikers I trust", he added.

"But the way we play, we can improve in many, many things and many concepts".

The 35-year-old was informed on Monday by Ukraine's national anti-doping centre (NADCU) that he failed an out-of-competition test on a sample provided in March.

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