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Monday 11 December 2017

Shakhtar hoping for some respite

Champions League: Bayern Munich vS Donetsk live Sky Sports 1 (7.45)

Pep Guardiola reportedly expressed a desire to manage Manchester United a few years ago
Pep Guardiola reportedly expressed a desire to manage Manchester United a few years ago

Shakhtar Donetsk are hoping a surprise Champions League victory over holders Bayern Munich tonight can bring some cheer to their troubled nation.

"We need victory more than ever before with regard to the situation we are experiencing, for our supporters in Donetsk," Shakhtar chief executive Sergei Palkin told the Football 1 TV channel.

The Ukrainian champions have been forced to play their home games in Lviv, more than 1,000-km from Donetsk, since July.

Bundesliga leaders Bayern are in top form, having thumped Hamburg SV 8-0 on Saturday, but Palkin believes his coach Mirceu Lucescu is more than capable of tactically outsmarting Bayern counterpart Pep Guardiola in the first leg of their last-16 encounter.

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