Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Chelsea  2 - 1

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Mkhitaryan: We should have scored more

24 October 2012 16:55

Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan feels his side could have scored even more goals in their 2-1 Champions League win over Chelsea.

Goals from Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho gifted the Ukrainian champions a 2-0 lead on Tuesday, before Oscar pegged one back in the closing stages of the game.

Armenian Mkhitaryan was delighted with his side's victory, but feels they should have netted more.

"Everyone knows how strong Chelsea are. Fortunately, we got the early goal which is very important in a game against a side like this," he told UEFA.com.

"After that, it was a lot easier as we had much more space to counterattack. We had more chances to score in the first half but we weren't lucky enough to do that.

"The Champions League is different from domestic competitions as we have to work much harder and be much more ruthless if we want to succeed.

"Our team are in very good form now but there is still a long way to go so we must go on the same way as tonight in this competition."

Shakhtar sit top of the table in Group E with seven points from three games.

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Lucescu: Shakhtar should have won by more

24 October 2012 02:42

Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu believes Tuesday's 2-1 Champions League win could have been bigger without Petr Cech.

Goals from Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho capped a strong display from the home side, and a consolation goal from Oscar two minutes from time made the score flattering for Chelsea than it should have been.

"The match panned out exactly as we would have hoped," the Romanian coach told reporters.

"Perhaps, it was one of our best games in recent times. It proves we're on the right track, we are still growing, our young players are maturing and gaining the necessary confidence.

"And I have to say that this Chelsea side are stronger than the one that won the Champions League last season.

"That makes our victory even more important. I believe we could've won by even more, but Petr Cech was really good in goal.

"I'm sure Chelsea will be much better in London. Today they defended a lot, while in England they have a huge advantage over everyone else, avoiding any defeats this season," he said.

Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo must win their two remaining Champions League home games.

Shakhtar are three points ahead but Di Matteo feels his side can seal qualification at Stamford Bridge.

"We must win our two Champions League home games and I'm confident it will be a different game for Shakhtar (at Stamford Bridge). We're strong at home as well," Di Matteo said.

The Italian also rued his side's sluggish start.

"The early goal helped Shakhtar massively and it unsettled us. We were getting better in second half but then got caught."

Di Matteo also highlighted the quality of the opposition, with Shakhtar going into the game on a 27-match unbeaten run.

"I think we have to just look at this performance as a single one," he told Sky Sports.

"They (Shakhtar) are a very strong team and they showed that again tonight. It's a difficult group we are in and the Champions League is always very competitive.

"You look at the other result in our group and it shows just how competitive it is."

Midfielder Frank Lampard reinjured his calf, which he first sustained against Norwich earlier in October.

"It's the same calf that he has had for the last two-and-a-half weeks," Di Matteo said.

"He was fine (before the match) but it went in the game."

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Champions League Group E preview: Blues bound for Ukraine

22 October 2012 09:24

A strong record at home against English sides should give Shakhtar Donetsk confidence before their UEFA Champions League clash with Chelsea.

Shakhtar have played a quartet of English Premier League clubs since 2000 and have won three of the four home games against those sides, including a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal in the group stages of the 2010/11 Champions League.

That was the second time Arsenal lost in Donetsk after a 3-0 defeat in 2000, while Tottenham also failed away to Shakhtar, losing 2-0 in the Europa League in 2009.

Fulham are the only Premier League club to have beaten Shakhtar at home, winning 2-1 in the Europa League in 2010.

The Ukrainian Premier League leaders knocked off Illichivets 2-1 on Saturday to extend their perfect start to the season to 12 wins, as they sit 12 points clear at the top of the table.

Tuesday's clash at Donbass Arena represents a top-of-the-group clash, with both sides on four points but the English visitors ahead on goal difference.

Chelsea are unbeaten and top of the Premier League as they head to Ukraine fresh from a 4-2 win away to rivals Tottenham on Saturday.

Juan Mata was the match-winner for Chelsea, scoring two goals in three minutes to put his side in front in the second half and Shakhtar must be wary of the Blues' attacking midfield trio, which consists of the young Spaniard, Belgium's Eden Hazard and Oscar of Brazil.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo will certainly instruct his defenders to focus on Armenian striker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as the 23-year-old has scored 14 goals in 12 games for Shakhtar this season.

In the other Group E clash, Juventus could go top if they win in Denmark against Nordsjaelland, and Chelsea and Shakhtar draw.

Nordsjaelland have yet to score in their debut Champions League campaign and conceded four goals when Chelsea visited in their most recent match.

Juventus were impressive away to Chelsea on the opening matchday in a 2-2 draw but could only manage the same result at home against Shakhtar and head coach Antonio Conte will be keen to get on the winner's list against Nordsjaelland.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 24 +32 53
2 22 +26 50
3 23 +18 43
4 21 +13 38
5 22 +6 36

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 35 +52 80
2 35 +41 75
3 33 +54 71
4 34 +18 67
5 34 +21 66