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Kevin de Bruyne says 20 wins are nothing without trophies

Kevin de Bruyne says 20 wins are nothing without trophies

With one eye on Sunday's Manchester derby, City coach Pep Guardiola gave starts to youngsters Phil Foden on the left and Tosin Adarabioyo in the center of defense.

Silva converted Kevin de Bruyne's brilliant pass from close range in the 83rd minute as City maintained their blistering form this season and won their 13th successive EPL game.

Leaders City will equal the all-time English top-flight record of 14 consecutive victories with a win at Old Trafford and extend their lead over second-placed United to 11 points.

Former City defender Mills says the result of the game is tough to call, but that if the visitors leave with all three points then it will make them virtually "uncatchable" both in terms of points and mentality.

First half goals from Shakhtar's Brazilian pair, both created by Brazilian-born Ukraine global Marlos, proved enough to ensure the Ukraine champions would go into the draw on Monday with a plum tie against the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain on the cards.

"But you have ups and downs - what is important is that in the second half it was outstanding the way we played".

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Guardiola has said repeatedly his side would suffer a defeat sooner or later but, in a way, it was something he was looking forward to because he wanted to see how his players would react.

"I would think that Mourinho will play a more cautious game".

"They are incredibly exciting, while Mourinho is a bit more pragmatic. It's a busy two months when things can change but the way we're going is good and we need to continue that".

City will train again back in Manchester on Friday afternoon and by kick-off on Sunday the vast majority of their strongest XI will have benefited from a midweek rest.

Toure, who played in Ukraine earlier in his career for Metalurh Donetsk, added: "Our team is playing some of the best football in Europe but we want to play against the best teams to see where we are!" We had one day where we could prepare. My feeling was I thought we deserved it (to equalise). "For long parts of the game, we were in with a chance of getting a result".