Dedicated fans get Blues ‘thank-you’
THE 114 City fans who trekked to Kharkiv for the Champions League game with Shakhtar Donetsk this season have been rewarded with hospitality tickets for the return fixture.
Pep Guardiola’s side drew the Ukrainian champions for the third successive year in the group stage, and the trip to the Metalist Stadium – nearly 200 miles from Shakhtar’s home and more than 2,000 from Manchester – was the first fixture up for the Blues.
More than 100 supporters made the effort to watch City’s 3-0 triumph and the club have now made a nice gesture to recognise that support. Each fan received a personalised letter signed with a message from the manager. “To have your support in these games means so much and, as I have always said, we are nothing without our fans,” it read.
Each letter was signed either by Guardiola or one of the first-team players and the 114 fans have also been given a hospitality ticket for the home game with Shakhtar in the last week of November.
City can confirm qualification and top spot in the group with a point at home to the Ukrainian side. They travel to Zagreb for their final group game a fortnight later – between Premier League fixtures against United and Arsenal.
CITY keeper Claudio Bravo and the rest of Chile’s squad that was in line to play Peru next week have been sent home after the match was called off.
Chile’s players took the decision not to play in the friendly as the country continues to suffer from the effects of weeks of political protests.