Champions League last-16: Man City vs Shakhtar Donetsk end in 1-1 draw
Manchester City finish top despite Shakhtar Donetsk snatching a draw
- Pep Guardiola gives verdict on Man City Champions League achievements after latest qualification
- Manchester City sealed their spot in the last-16 of the Champions League with the 1-1 draw at the Etihad.
Manchester City qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the seventh successive season after a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad.
Manchester City’s seventh successive qualification for the Champions League knockout stages is a sign of the progress they’ve made as a club, according to Pep Guardiola .
The Blues secured safe passage through to this year’s knockout rounds after a 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad and they’ve also secured top spot in the group with a game to spare, thanks to Atalanta’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
City’s previous forays into the final stages of the Champions League have ended with three defeats in the last-16, two quarter-final exits and a defeat in the semi-finals.
But regularly qualifying for the knockout rounds, and even just making the Champions League itself, is a sign of stature for Guardiola.
“It’s a lot. Khaldoon said in this process, what we have now and what we were, seven years in a row means you have to qualify seven times and being there,” the City boss said.Now focus will turn to the Premier League until February, when the knockout rounds begin, and Guardiola is aware plenty can change for his side between now and then.
“In February it will be tougher, we will see what condition we arrive because this competition is how you arrive and the details,” he said.
“It is time to focus on the Premier League. Maybe the next draw all te four English clubs will be there. That’ll be good for us.”
Here’s Manchester City player ratings
Better in the holding role after Rodri’s departure – on the left he barely got Sterling involved at all. 6
Working hard with De Bruyne but he is still trying to recapture the magic of last season. 6
Did well to create Gundogan’s goal but his lack of opportunities is a concern, especially against ordinary opponents. 5
His horrendous air-shot in the first half was rescued by Fernandinho, but he was steady after that. 5
Attacks kept breaking down after reaching him in the first half – crossing and passing need to be better. 5
Heroic defensive blocks are now as much a part of his game as immense focus-changing passes. 8
Thumping header almost brought him a goal, and he defended well enough, too. Solid tackling, strong throughout. 7
Kept losing the flying Tete in the first half – and the goal was down his side as well. Happier on the front foot. 5
Keeps the ball circulating but does not produce the killer passes City are used to from Fernandinho in that role. 6
Kevin De Bruyne
Single-handedly tried to drag City up to their usual level, and came up with the pass for Gundogan’s goal. 8
Two anonymous games in quick succession is unusual – and City have to hope the sparkle has not gone a little flat at a vital time. 5
(for De Bruyne 58) Couldn’t change it. 6
(for Rodri 76) No heroics. 6
Not used: Carson, Walker, Stones, Mendy, Mahrez