Shakhtar Donetsk announced his Champions League qualification on Wednesday evening and received a comedic response from Manchester City’s social media squad.
Shakhtar advanced to the Champions League group stage with a sensational 3-2 aggregate victory over AS Monaco on Wednesday, after recovering from a two-goal deficit in the first leg.
City have qualified for the Champions League group stages by winning the last Premier League campaign. This season will mark the tenth consecutive year that the Cityzens have qualified for Europe’s premier club competition, the longest streak in English football.
Pep Guardiola’s side hope to do better than last season, where they struggled to find their rhythm in a 1-0 final loss to Chelsea, who won the famous ‘big ears’ trophy for the second times in a decade.
City fans will know the story between Shakhtar and the Sky Blues as they always seem to meet during the Champions League group stages.
Last season marked the first time in three years that City had not been drawn with the Ukrainian club, a pretty impressive feat considering the wealth of clubs either side could have been against. pulled.
City and Shakhtar have a unique history due to the number of players who have played for both clubs. City legend Fernandinho was bought from the Shakhtar in 2013 for Â£ 34million and has been a steadfast servant ever since. Oleksandr Zinchenko was a young Shakhtar academy product and former City Elano playmaker also joined the Donetsk club.
In response to a message from Shakhtar, where they announced their enthusiasm for qualifying for the Champions League group stages, Manchester City replied:
This comedic response prompted City fans to take to Twitter to react to the possibility of seeing another City vs Shakhtar game in Europe:
@WalterOsaretin: “Lmao, this football club anyway”
@CorinneStanley: “Death, taxes, and that”
@ MCFC_GS11: “Tomorrow then.”
@ dmuro88: “City and Shakhtar, name a better duo!”
City certainly won’t be discouraged facing the Ukrainian side, given their excellent record. More than six games since 2017, City have been victorious four times. The pick of the field was a 6-0 home victory, where the recently converted right-winger Gabriel Jesus netted a glorious hat-trick, the first of his senior career.