Arsenal questions anger Mikel Arteta ahead of Manchester City Champions League clash

Lynette Rowe
September 20, 2018

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.

Assistant manager Arteta was taking charge of City in place of Guardiola, who was watching from the stands due to a touchline ban carried over from last year's Champions League.

Aguero nearly equalised in the final minute of normal time with the Argentine seeing a shot tipped over the crossbar by the excellent Lopes, but that proved to be the final chance to leave City with work to do in order to get their European campaign back on track.

The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute through Maxwel Cornet, who drove home after Fabian Delph made a hash of clearing a Nabil Fekir cross from the left. "It was different. The first half was very poor from us and you have to forget it".

"It was a hard game", said Depay, who struggled to make an impact at Manchester United before leaving after two seasons in 2017.

"If you give cheap goals away it is hard".

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We were well aware of Lyon's strengths and weaknesses and we were ready to make a fresh start in this competition, the way we went out last season [to Liverpool] really hurt. "I won't judge them because we lost". "If you don't win duels, play simple balls, you will suffer - today was another example of that", he said.

Arteta claimed his side's reaction in the second half was superb, not an adjective that many Mancunians present would have selected, although he was probably correct in saying City created more chances after the interval than before it, even if that was not saying a lot.

Silva admitted City had lacked their usual high tempo and desire.

"For sure, the city is still red and we will try to get a good result against the Blues".

"There has to be a motivation, not a pressure, and that's the way we take it". "We came in at halftime a bit deflated I think".

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