Benjamin Mendy makes a welcome return on the bench, alongside teenage defender Eric Garcia
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Blues look for solid start
City lost the opening group stage clash with Lyon and were immediately on the back foot.
The Blues will not only want to get off to a flyer but erase the weekend loss against the Canaries and get back on track.
Stats and facts:
- This s the third year in a row that Shakhtar Donetsk and City have been drawn together in the UEFA Champions League group stage.
- City’s 3-0 in Kharkiv last season was the first time an English club has beaten Shakhtar on their own soil.
- Shakhtar's record European defeat was a 7-0 loss at Guardiola's Bayern Munich in the 2014/15 round of 16. The Ukrainians have also lost four of their five fixtures against Barcelona when Pep was in charge, including the 2009 UEFA Super Cup; their 10 games against clubs coached by the Catalan make him their most frequent opponent in European competition.
- Fernandinho was a Shakhtar player between 2005 and 2013 and before leaving to join City, he scored 31 goals in 183 league outings. He was named Ukraine's Premier League player of the year in 2007/08, and amassed six league titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
- Shakhtar are unbeaten in 36 league games (W31 D5), since a 1-0 away loss to Dynamo Kyiv on 3 August 2018 and the Donetsk club have lost only two of their last 18 home matches in Europe (W11 D5).
- City’s four matches against Shakhtar have seen a 12-2 aggregate in favour of the Blues