Guardiola: Raheem Sterling is no longer 'scared'

Gabriel Jesus has only scored against Huddersfield and Oxford this season

Chelsea, one of three unbeaten sides, have 27 points from 11 games - two fewer than leaders Manchester City - and lead Liverpool in third on goal difference.

"The first step is qualify for the next round", Guardiola said.

Southampton headed into the match winless in six league matches and without a goal in five of them, and what was always going to be a hard task was made even tougher when conceding six minutes in.

"People say "oh that is not enough". My feeling from being in it for 10 seasons is that every season it gets tougher.

They need to emphasise the positives, inflate them if they want, and convince themselves it's just the way it goes against City because they need some belief right now.

Ilkay Gundogan and Nicolas Otamendi have recovered from injury and look set to feature in the matchday squad. Kevin de Bruyne and Claudio Bravo are long-term absentees while Eliaquim Mangala is not yet match-fit. "But he is so young", Guardiola was quoted as saying by Manchester City's Twitter account.

Guardiola was effusive in his assessment of the England winger's performance, but resisted the opportunity to rank Sterling as one of the game's leading performers.

"He is more mature now than he was when we first met at the club". However, Ivan Ordets, Maksym Malyshev and Fernando are all unlikely to feature for the Ukrainians.

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Manchester City host Shakhtar at the Etihad tonight with two stars returning to the squad ahead of the clash.

Leroy Sane celebrates making it 6-1 Manchester City.

Meanwhile, Saints are now seven Premier League games without a victory and lie 16th.

He would have known, as would the team, that they were in for a hard afternoon regardless, but that if you let City get away in the early stages then the result is a foregone conclusion.

Shakhtar Donetsk faced 24 shots in their 0-3 defeat to Man City on MD3, the most they'd faced in a Champions League game since September 2015 against Real Madrid (26).

The game was virtually over by the 18th minute when Sterling's cross from the right eventually found David Silva whose left-foot drive flew past the helpless Alex McCarthy.

A win, coupled with a loss for Hoffenheim, would see City progress.

Ukrainian worldwide Taras Stepanenko will take up one of the two pivot positions in the middle of the park for Shakhtar and will be partnered by 21-year-old Brazilian talent Maycon.

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