Recap And Analysis of Chelsea's Loss To Shakhtar Donetsk: The Donbass Arena Continues To Be A Fortress
Despite Chelseas great start to the season, there was always an element of doubt involved, when they came face to face with Shakhtar Donestk in the Ukrainian giants homeland. Since the opening of the 'Donbass Arena' in 2009, Shakhtar have had one of the best home records in the Champions League, and to make it an even more daunting place to visit, they haven’t lost at the Donbass Arena in all competitions since November 2011, where they lost to Portuguese club Porto.
Heading into the game, Shakhtars danger man was the Armenian 23-year-old Henrik Mkhitaryan. The attacking midfielder has already scored fourteen league goals and assisted five more goals this season, in twelve games, and has managed to carry his form into European Competition, scoring two goals in the first three Champions League match days.