Pep watches in horror as Manchester City stunned by Lyon at home

20 September, 2018, 10:23 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Así vivió Guardiola la derrota de su City

Manchester City looked far from potential Champions League winners as they fell to a surprise 2-1 loss at home to Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday with a flat performance that leaves them with plenty of work to do to progress from Group F.

And Guardiola could only watch on in horror as Lyon punished a sloppy first 45 minutes from the pre-tournament favourites through Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir.

City eventually pulled one back on 67 minutes when Leroy Sane cut in from the left and played in Bernardo Silva who slotted the ball past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

"We started a little bit slow and lost many duels", said Arteta, who can not have enjoyed his first audition as one of the potential candidates eventually to replace Guardiola as City manager.

Arteta refused to use the absence of Guardiola as an excuse after a defeat which ended City's unbeaten start to the season. That's something hypothetical. The reality is that Pep wasn't here and we lost the game.

City are the first English team to lose four successive Champions League matches, a run that includes last season's three knockout-stage defeats against Basel and Liverpool.

"Obviously, the ideal scenario is to have a full stadium every time and to have people supporting and getting behind the team like insane", added Arteta.

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"We were not good enough".

Celebrating a decade under Abu Dhabi ownership, which allowed City to assemble a squad for more than $1 billion, the Champions League is the one big prize the club has yet to win. "We lost many duels that at this level you pay the price for".

The attendance of 40,111 was some way below capacity but Arteta refused to make a perceived lack of atmosphere an issue. "We've had this type of crowd in the Champions League before and we've won the games".

"The ideal scenario is to have a full stadium every time and being behind the team like insane but we know sometimes it doesn't happen".

Some calamitous City defending gifted Lyon the ideal start as Fekir's low cross should have been easily cut out by Fabian Delph at the back post. Fekir, a recent Liverpool target, doubled the advantage after Fernandinho lost possession.

City introduced Sane from the bench in the 55th minute to boost their impetus, but a few moments later they had a lucky escape - former Manchester United man Memphis Depay hitting the post from just outside the area.


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