Manchester City do not have a problem at home in Europe, says Pep Guardiola

• City have lost their last three home European games
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Manchester City have denied there is an Etihad factor that works against them in the Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s team take on Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday on top of their group, two away wins having restored the damaged caused by the opening day defeat by Lyon, though that result back in September means City have lost their last three games in a row at home in Europe.

“The game against Lyon was the only bad performance that counted,” Guardiola said. “Before that we played well against Liverpool but could not make up the deficit from the first leg, the game was over before the last 20 minutes, and the defeat by Basel did not matter because we were already qualified. Each game is different, but after the defeat by Lyon every Champions League game is now a final, because we need to be in the knockout stage. We want to take our place with the best 16 teams in Europe.”

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