Ded­i­cated fans get Blues ‘thank-you’

Manchester Evening News - - CITY SPECIAL - By SI­MON BAJKOWSKI

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.

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