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Shaktar Donetsk 0 - 3 Manchester City : Match Analysis
Shaktar Donetsk 0 - 3 Manchester City : Match Analysis

Manchester City went on the road and strolled to a 3 - 0 victory against Shaktar Donetsk on Tuesday. Goals from David Silva, maxbet Aymeric Laporte, and substitute Bernardo Silva fueled the Blues to a much needed three points in Champions League play. City now sit atop Group F with six points after Hoffenheim salvaged a draw in stoppage time against Lyon.

The best word to describe this match from a City perspective is comfortable. Everything Pep Guardiola's team did was done with ease and confidence, operating well together in all aspects of the game. The defense was consistently in sync, maintaining their line forward and backward in coordination, while filling in for each other perfectly when a teammate was pulled out of position. The only moments City looked vulnerable were a consequence of nonchalant passing that led to unforced giveaways, similar to the Burnley match. When City weren't gifting Shaktar maxbet with enticing openings to attack an exposed defense, they really had a easy time dispatching of the Ukrainian side's buildup. Even with City not dominating the possession battle (53%) like they usually do, the periods of Shaktar possession lacked purpose and were mostly devoid of scoring chances.

The final tally of three goals could have been much more (how often have we said this?) with chances galore coming throughout the match. Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling all had three or more quality chances that I can think of just off the top of my head. If not for some shaky finishing and strong emergency blocks maxbet from Shaktar's defense, some of those chances could have easily ended up in the back of the net.