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David Silva and Man City team-mates prepare for Champions League tie

David Silva and team-mates brave the cold in Ukraine as Manchester City prepare for crunch Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Pep Guardiola led his players in training before Champions League tie in Ukraine
  • They play Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv due to conflict in the club’s home city 
  • Man City lost to Lyon and beat Hoffenheim in their first two group stage matches 

Manchester City’s stars got to work preparing for Tuesday’s Champions League Group F clash against Shakhtar Donetsk in Kharkiv.

The reigning Premier League champions are looking for a second successive Champions League win after beating Hoffenheim 2-1 last time, having bounced back from defeat against Lyon in the opening round of fixtures. 

They are also on a five-match winning run following their comprehensive 5-0 victory over Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.

David Silva, wearing a hat against the cold, watches on as Fernandinho passes the ball

David Silva, wearing a hat against the cold, watches on as Fernandinho passes the ball

Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva will be hoping to continue his fine goalscoring form

Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva will be hoping to continue his fine goalscoring form

 Yet Pep Guardiola’s side will have to overcome more challenging conditions than they are used to in the Premier League, with his players wrapped up against the rain and chill while training.

Temperatures in the northeastern city of Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second largest – are currently around 8° – while it is closer to 15° in the UK.

Spanish playmaker David Silva donned a City-branded hat to protect against the cold as the players went through some technical exercises at Metalist Stadium.

Silva goes in for a sliding challenge against his Spanish namesake in an intense possession drill

Silva goes in for a sliding challenge against his Spanish namesake in an intense possession drill

Riyadh Mahrez was another goalscorer at the weekend and has started to impress for Man City

Riyadh Mahrez was another goalscorer at the weekend and has started to impress for Man City

Benjamin Mnedy in particular takes precautions against the chilly conditions in Ukraine

Benjamin Mnedy in particular takes precautions against the chilly conditions in Ukraine

Kevin De Druyne, who made his first appearance since the first game of the season as a substitute against Burnley, also took a full part in the session and will be vying for a start.

Bernardo Silva, a goalscorer in that win, also looked to be enjoying himself in the ball-retention exercise. 

And the Portuguese told the Daily Star: ‘Usually after an international break, most teams lose a little bit of the way they play but we were really focused and hungry for more titles and more wins.

‘The team has had a fantastic start and are top of the league and in the Champions League we want to beat Shakhtar and go top of the group.

‘And we are through in the Carabao Cup, so it’s been a great start. We need to keep it this way.’

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