Preview: Shakhtar Donetsk v Porto

A sold-out Lviv Arena stages FC Shakhtar Donetsk's meeting with Group H frontrunners FC Porto on Tuesday and Mircea Lucescu says it could prove a home from home.

Mircea Lucescu says Lviv is a home from home for Shakhtar
Mircea Lucescu says Lviv is a home from home for Shakhtar ©AFP/Getty Images

Mircea Lucescu wary of a Porto side containing "extraordinary players"
Lucescu's Shakhtar will host Porto at a sold-out Arena Lviv
Julen Lopetegui says only a win will do for the Portuguese visitors
Ricardo Quaresma left out of the 19-strong travelling party
Porto won 2-0 in Dontesk in the 2011/12 group stage

Possible lineups
Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Rakitskiy, Kucher, Azevedo; Stepanenko, Fernando; Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Taison; Luiz Adriano.
Out: Kryvtsov (ankle)
Doubtful: Kucher

Porto: Fabiano; Danilo, Maicon, Martins Indi, Alex Sandro; Rúben Neves, Óliver Torres, Herrera; Tello, Brahimi, Jackson.
Out: Casemiro (ankle)

Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach
Porto are a very strong team with extraordinary players. They have changed a lot since we last met four years ago, but their new players have great quality and they can be very dangerous. We also are a different team compared with the 2011/12 season – more experienced, more confident. We will have to be at our best to beat Porto.

Of course, it's not easy for us to play all of our games away from home, but we are very happy that we are hosting Porto and our other Champions League opponents in Lviv. I know that all the tickets for the match were sold a few days in advance, which shows that Shakhtar are not only a team for Donetsk or the Donbass region, but for the whole country.

I'm sure we will have the same level of support as at the Donbass Arena. The Arena Lviv is a beautiful stadium with a great pitch. The local fans are passionate and can create the perfect football atmosphere.

Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach
Both teams know each other as we have met before. Porto are a big club and we always play to win. We will not go out to play for a draw. Our goal is the three points. Ukrainian clubs are always difficult to beat, not only here but in Portugal as well. I hope we can prove we are the better team.

I don't think Shakhtar will lose anything because they are playing in Lviv rather than Donetsk. I know that people here will really get behind them so they will feel at home anyway. It's a great stadium and a very good pitch here, so everything is set up for great football.

Porto must fill the void left by Casemiro
Porto must fill the void left by Casemiro©AFP/Getty Images

We are not counting how many points we need to win the group. We are focused only on our next game. The important thing is to win tomorrow and later we'll discuss the group situation. We will think who is going to replace Casemiro. There are many good players in the squad and I am confident we'll find the solution.

Weekend results
Shakhtar: did not play
Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-1 Porto
(Silva 2; Sarr og 56)

Form guide (all competitions)
Shakhtar: WWLDWW
Porto: DDWDWW

Match facts
• What is Mircea Lucescu's record in seven games against Portuguese opponents as Shakhtar coach? Find out in our extensive match background.

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