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Arteta tips City to conquer Champions League

20 September, 2018, 06:13 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Mikel Arteta in Pep Guardiola's absence oversaw Man City's 2-1 home defeat to Lyon

Manchester City's Champions League defeat against Lyon had nothing to do with the crowd at the Etihad Stadium, according to coach Mikel Arteta.

Guardiola, City's inspirational manager, will hand over first-team duties for the visit of Lyon to his number two as he serves a touchline ban for his sending-off against Liverpool last season.

First-half goals from Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir punished mistakes from City duo Fabian Delph and Fernandinho.

Memphis Depay set Fekir on a run and the forward doubled Lyon's lead in the 43rd by striking through the legs of John Stones.

After struggling to find a goal in the opening stages of the second half, City introduced Sergio Aguero for the in-effective Gabriel Jesus in the 63rd minute.


If Manchester City wants to finally win a first Champions League title, it will have to start taking the competition a bit more seriously - on and off the field. "If he would have been on the touchline I couldn't say if we would have won 5-0 or lost 3-0".

He said: "I didn't talk about that two or three months ago and I don't think today is the day to talk about it".

The Premier League champions, favourites with some bookmakers to win Europe's top club competition this season, were well below their best throughout and now face a serious challenge to progress from a group which also features Germany's Hoffenheim and Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk.

Although Guardiola's role will be heavily restricted on Wednesday, Arteta confirmed that City's build-up to their Group F opener had been no different than usual. We will try to reduce the impact and give the players what they need and hopefully it will work well.

Asked about almost leaving City, Arteta said: 'In football it's so hard to predict things.

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