Shakhtar Donetsk drillmaster Paulo Fonseca claims that Manchester City ‘do not accept weaknesses’ as his ancillary adapt to face the Premier Alliance leaders in the Champions Alliance on Wednesday.
The Ukrainian accouterments were deeply baffled by Pep Guardiola’s accuse in Kharviv two weeks ago, City active out 3-0 winners to affirmation the appellation as the alone English ancillary to win abroad to Shakhtar in European antagonism in the process.
And Fonseca, acutely acquainted of the dangers City pose, knows that his aggregation cannot allow any slip-ups back they accommodated their opponents at the Etihad.
“Manchester City do not accept weaknesses,” the Portuguese bang-up told a columnist conference. “Playing adjoin Manchester City is consistently actual complicated because they are one of the best teams in the world.
“We are activity to appearance our strengths and appearance you bold – we accept to accomplish abiding we don’t accomplish any mistakes adjoin a aggregation such as City.”
Despite October’s defeat to the English champions, Fonseca charcoal a admired amount in the apple of football management, accepting won alternating calm doubles with Shakhtar.
When asked if he would one day booty up the befalling to drillmaster in the Premier League, the 45-year-old was unequivocal.
“Of course,” he said. “It’s a dream for every drillmaster – it’s a big league, maybe the best in the world.
“I would like to appear actuality one day and administer a team. I don’t apperceive back that will be but I accept that it will happen.”
Of course, Fonseca had to reiterate his adherence to his accepted club.
“With commendations to the aggregation I would like to manage… I’m currently with Shakhtar. This is the aggregation I appetite to manage.
“My affection and body are with them but maybe in approaching I’ll accede managing addition team.”
Shakhtar Donetsk Club Profile
Football Club Shakhtar Donetsk is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk. In 2014 the club moved to Lviv but has since early 2017 played in Kharkiv and has its headquarters in Kiev.
Shakhtar has appeared in several European competitions and is often a participant in the UEFA Champions League. The club became the first club in independent Ukraine to win the UEFA Cup in 2009, the last year before the competition was revamped as the Europa League. FC Shakhtar Donetsk is one of two Ukrainian clubs, the other being Dynamo Kyiv, who have won a major UEFA competition. The club formerly played its home matches at the Donbass Arena, however, due to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, the team relocated 600 miles to the west in Arena Lviv in the interim. Following the winter break of the 2016–17 season the club moved to the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv (150 miles to the north of Donetsk) early 2017.
Shakhtar Donetsk is Ukraine’s most popular football club, and is particularly favoured in the eastern Donbas region.
The club draws its history from the very start of the Soviet football league competitions and is one of the oldest clubs in Ukraine. The club was a member of the Soviet Voluntary Sports Society of Shakhtyor, having connections with other Soviet teams from Karaganda (Kazakhstan), Soligorsk (Belarus), among others. In the late Soviet period, Shakhtar was considered a tough mid-table club of the Soviet Top League and a cup competition specialist after winning the Soviet Cup two years in a row in 1961 and 1962.
The team has played under the following names: Stakhanovets (1936–46), Shakhtyor (Shakhtar) (1946–92), and FC Shakhtar (1992–present).