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Published: 08:32 | 7/12/17

City youngsters please Guardiola


Pep Guardiola was pleased with the displays of the three young players who played in the Champions League tie at Shakhtar Donetsk despite losing their unbeaten record.

Manchester City had not lost in any competition since the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal at the back-end of last season and only two teams have stopped them winning this campaign, Everton in the Premier League and Wolves in the Carabao Cup, although they did overcome the latter in a penalty shootout after 120 minutes of stalemate.

With the derby against rivals United on Sunday to come, Guardiola made seven changes to his starting line-up with highly-rated England under-17 World Cup winner Phil Foden getting a start.

However, the Ukrainian champions proved too good on the night with first-half goals from Bernardo and Ismaily giving them a healthy lead.

Late substitute Sergio Aguero pulled one back from the penalty spot in injury-time after Gabriel Jesus had been hauled down and the result meant Shakhtar join City in progressing to the knockout stages.

Despite the loss though, the City boss was pleased with his night's work.

“Congratulations to Shakhtar," Guardiola told BT Sport. "They played a good game but we did too.

“We started really well. We fought, I’m so pleased for Tosin [Adarabioyo], Brahim [Diaz] and Phil, how good they played in the Champions League against a real good team like Shakhtar Donetsk.

“We came here to win but we could not.

“I’m pleased with the performance.”

Everton face Apollon Limassol in the Europa League group stage at the GSP Stadium on 7 December, a match which will be shown live on eir Sport 2 [kick off 6.00pm]

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