De Bruyne, Sterling score as City beats Shakhtar 2-0

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The prolific Argentinian scored his 176th City goal in Saturday's 5-0 demolition of Palace to move within one of equalling the club's all-time record.

The England global, who moved from Tottenham in the summer in a £45million, says the pressure from a strong squad is keeping the players on their toes and that if standards slip, they will be out of the side.

"They had five or six Brazilians and it was always was so tough for me".

We're getting towards the stage of the season where we're going to be playing on some wet pitches, where our power and strength will help us. He is improving me as a player. So we have to keep doing that. "We have a lot of good quality players in our team". It remains to be seen though, how captain Darijo Srna's recent doping scandal has affected the dressing room and the confidence.

Both City and Shakhtar won their opening Group F games with the Ukrainian champions beating Italian league leaders Napoli two weeks ago.

It has been an excellent start to the camapign for The Citizens with the club yet to taste defeat thus far, with Pep Guardiola looking to eradicate the disappointing result of his first season in England in which he failed to win a trophy for the first time in his managerial career. Sane and Sterling are also likely to feature as the game goes on, even if they don't feature from the very beginning.

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Srna is Croatia's most-capped player with 124 appearances, and made the decision to retire from global football last year after a 14-year stint that included him captaining the side from 2009 to 2016.

"It is the seventh time I have played against Shakhtar", said the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager.

Walker's fellow full-back Benjamin Mendy faces a late fitness test on a knee injury before the match against the Ukrainian champions, while Ilkay Gundogan (knee) and Vincent Kompany (calf) are set to miss out once more.

While Shakhtar are a huge team in their own right and must be respected, they will surely struggle to cope with City's free-flowing attack. How many chances we create and concede is quite similar to last season. City are dominating the possession stats and once they find a way through and get a lead they have been devestating in dismantling teams who come out and try to play against their superior passing game.

"I said in my last press conference that the transfer window closed on September 1 but I'm still working on it and, of course, like [any] club we want Kevin and the other [players] to stay as long as possible", Guardiola said.

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