First defeat of the season, but no real harm done, as they had already qualified as first from their Champions League group, something that offered Pep Guardiola the… luxury of giving a lot of playing time to three of Manchester City’s youngest and most inexperienced players.
Congratulations to them, but to us as well, for qualifying. We started really well but they countered magnificently for the first goal. The second goal we didn’t defend well but we fought
the Catalan told BT Sport after the match in Kharkiv, Shakhtar’s Donetsk’s home this season.
I’m so pleased for Tosin, Brahim and Phil for the way they played against a talented team like Shakhtar. We came here to win but we could not – but we tried
the City manager said, talking about Tosin Adarabioyo, Phil Foden and Brahim Diaz. The first two played the full 90 minutes, while the latter came off the bench in the 63rd minute, for Leroy Sane, and soon after that he hit the post.
We were 2-0 down but we tried, we changed a bit and we created some good spaces outside but they defended well inside. But we did it [qualified] and I’m pleased and happy for the performance
Guardiola said as well, having seen his team lose 2-1, going down 2-0 in the first half and scoring a consolation goal in added time, with Sergio Aguero, from the penalty spot.