Manchester city qualifies for champions league , despite draw against shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester city qualifies for champions league , despite draw against shakhtar Donetsk.
Ilkay Gundogan scored as City drew 1-1 at home against Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, a result that ensured Guardiola’s team would finish top of Group C.
“The target was to qualify and we have done it,” said the Spaniard, who won the Champions League twice when in charge of Barcelona.
“This competition in February will be completely different, tougher. We’ll see in which conditions we arrive there. This competition is about the details.
“The group stage is always tricky but now we have one competition already done – we play the last game qualified as first in the group – so we can focus on the Premier League until we arrive in the cups.”
City, who have won the Premier League in both the last two seasons, are currently third domestically, nine points behind leaders Liverpool.
As they are still in the Carabao Cup, Guardiola’s team will be playing nine times between 30 November and 29 December, although they can now rest players for their last Champions League group game, away in Croatia against Dinamo Zagreb on 11 December.
Gundogan gave City the lead after half-time, side-footing home after some fine footwork from Gabriel Jesus gave him the space to finish.
But Shakhtar, who had shipped 12 goals without reply in their past three meetings with City, stayed in the game and substitute Manor Solomon levelled with his first touch when he met Dodo’s pull-back from the right.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says his side can now focus on the Premier League after qualifying for the Champions League last 16 with a group match to spare.
City’s poor performance in front of goal did not bode well for the next few weeks while Aguero is absent, but they still achieved their twin objectives for the evening, with Atalanta’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb meaning they cannot be caught going into the final round of group fixtures.