Shovkovskyi: It's not about City's stars
Dynamo Kiev captain Oleksandr Shovkovskyi insists the key to overcoming Manchester City's vast wealth tomorrow night will be good, old-fashioned teamwork. Kiev arrived in the north-west as favourites to progress into the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals after establishing a two-goal cushion in Ukraine seven days ago.
However, Shovkovskyi is aware Blues manager Roberto Mancini is ready to unleash the full battery of his attacking power on Dynamo at Eastlands in an effort to gain control of the tie. Although the visitors can boast the talents of legendary striker Andriy Shevchenko, the scale of City's resources means that other attributes will have to be called upon in addition to talent.
"I don't feel as though myself, or any of my team-mates have anything to prove. We have demonstrated our skills already," said Shovkovskyi. "We all know Manchester City have a very good financial base and that they have some great players.
"But tomorrow is not about their stars. Tomorrow is about how we do as a team. That is how we intend to play against them and use our spirit to its maximum effect."
Dynamo have left nothing to chance, arriving in Manchester yesterday in order to give themselves two days to acclimate. They have been dealt a blow with the loss of star man Artem Milevskiy to a hand injury sustained in the final moments of the first leg.
Kiev remain in bullish mood, confident enough to dismiss the prospect of practising penalties, which would be needed if City match Dynamo's 2-0 first-leg success.
"We have not been practising," said Shovkovskyi, who as goalkeeper has more reason that most to think about the prospect. "We have not come here to get the same score as we did in Kiev.
"Manchester City are a high quality, experienced football team, with individuals who have their own approach. Our task is to try and stop them. It is one we approach with confidence."