Arteta Rues Sloppy City's 'Cheap' Defeat Against Lyon

Jo Caldwell
September 20, 2018

Bernardo Silva gave the hosts a lifeline after being picked out by Leroy Sane, but City - lacklustre for long spells - were unable to avoid a first defeat of the season.

"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. When you make mistakes, you get punished. We gave the ball away in the build-up in hard circumstances and they took advantage and scored twice. In the second half we dominated and played in the opponents half and created many chances. "And unfortunately we did not want to start this way in the competition but it is what it is and we have to look to the next games".

"I was told there were two penalties in the game but I did not see clearly". "The best example is the way they reacted and the way they kept trying until the end of the game".

Arteta refused to use the absence of Guardiola as an excuse after a defeat which ended City's unbeaten start to the season.

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"I have no idea, that's something hypothetical", he said of Guardiola being banished from the dressing room and touchline.

"If he would have been on the touchline, I couldn't say if we would have won 5-0 or lost 0-3".

We'll bring you the all-important action as it happens during a wonderful night of football, as the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus are involved in the 8pm kick offs. We are used to making decisions at half-time every time, me and Pep, when we discuss things we have to change.

"To concede two goals like we did is very frustrating", Stones said.

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City had no problem establishing control and went close 16 minutes in, but Aymeric Laporte's header from a tight angle came back off the post.

That flat atmosphere transferred into a City first-half display riddled with uncharacteristic errors.

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. We know our strengths and weaknesses.

"When we were in possession he helped our team to get up the pitch and was also fouled quite a bit as well", Lyon coach Bruno Genesio said.

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