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How do you stop Manchester City? Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca explains

Despite Man City's 6-1 win over Southampton, Pep Guardiola still finds room for improvement for his side moving forward.

So much of the focus of the Champions League is on the big clubs with the big names from the big leagues. But what about the rest? What about the teams who may be top dog domestically and find themselves relative minnows on the European stage? How do they begin to prepare for the big boys?

Paulo Fonseca, manager of Shakhtar Donetsk will be facing Manchester City for the fourth time in two years this week. Last season, his team kept a clean sheet (and had the bulk of possession) in the first half...

Manchester United's Fred has been influenced by Brazil's greats

The ESPN FC panel rate the success of Jose Mourinho's time at Manchester United and discuss his relationship with Paul Pogba.

With Manchester United havign signed Fred, here are five things to know about the 25-year-old Brazilian international midfielder:

1. He scored his first goal against his hero Ronaldinho

Fred is a holding midfielder nowadays, but started out as a left-back at Atletico Mineiro in his home town of Belo Horizonte. Upon moving to Internacional of Porto Allegre at the age of 16 in 2009, he was used as a winger and playmaker at the academy, and unsurprisingly Ronaldinho was his ultimate idol.

At the time...

Man United's Fred can help Paul Pogba, bring balance and 'create and destroy'

Signing for around €55 million from Shakhtar Donetsk, Fred will be the second most expensive midfielder Manchester United have ever bought. But what will he bring to the side?

CORRESPONDENT VIEW: Rob Dawson

In part, it is money well spent to help bridge the gap with Manchester City. But it is also an investment in the man above the Brazilian on the list.

Paul Pogba has scored 15 goals in 88 games since returning to Old Trafford for £89.3m from Juventus in 2016. He has won the League Cup...

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian talent pipeline could be reaching its end

Luiz Adriano, left, and Willian are just two of the numerous Brazilians to debut in Europe with Shakhtar.
Luiz Adriano, left, and Willian are just two of the Brazilian products that made their European debuts at Shakhtar.

Willian scored a brilliant goal for Chelsea against Barcelona in the first leg at Stamford Bridge and struck the post twice. Douglas Costa, on loan from Bayern Munich, was mightily influential as Juventus staged a sensational comeback against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday. Fernandinho is considered to be an absolutely vital player for Pep Guardiola as Manchester City are trying to make history in the Premier League and Europe. And what do all these Brazilians starring in the Champions League...

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ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions.

A picture shows a board displaying the fixtures after the draw for the round of 16
The line-up is set for the Champions League Round of 16.

Gab Marcotti

Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Roma

Mark Ogden

Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk

Graham Hunter

Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk

Raphael...

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Man City back for Shakhtar's Fred; Man United in for Arthur

The transfer window is heating up! Transfer Talk brings you live updates on all the latest rumours and done deals. Check out all the confirmed January moves so far on our transfers page.

TOP STORY: Fred in line for Man City move

While the Alexis Sanchez saga dominates the headlines, Manchester City continue to plot the rest of their transfer business for 2018.

There has been speculation that Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred is a leading target for Pep Guardiola's side, and the Manchester...