UCL: Who Is To Blame For Man City's Shocking Defeat - Pep Or Arteta?
When Lyon's plane touched down in Manchester, not many people felt it was anything to worry about.
But I am certain as they depart on Thursday morning the blue part of Manchester would look into the sky as they carry away all 3 points.
The Skyblue fans matched into the Ethihad stadium confident it would be another day in the office for the lads.
But it turned out to be a fourth straight loss in the Champions League for a team tipped to make it all the way to the finals.
Mikel Arteta said he had no idea whether Pep Guardiola’s touchline absence because of suspension had anything to do with Manchester City unexpected loss.
“You can’t say what would have happened had Pep been around, it’s completely hypothetical,” Arteta said. “The only reality is that we lost the game. We started quite slowly, we lost too many duels and twice in the first half we gave away the ball in dangerous areas and allowed Lyon to score both times.”
For a coach with managerial ambitions, this first-hand experience was a considerable disappointment.
“I can’t really explain why we began so slowly, but sometimes in a new competition it takes a while to get on track. We were finding it hard to come up with the right pass, we couldn’t build up any consistency and Lyon were able to take advantage".
The Lyon coach, Bruno Génésio, smiled politely when asked whether beating the early favourites for the Champions League constituted the greatest result in the club’s history.
“We have some history and I’m not sure I would call this the greatest feat,” he said. “But it is an achievement and we should be proud of it.
“We decided to play as high as possibly to prevent Manchester City building from the back and it seemed to work. Across the 90 minutes it was a well-deserved result.”
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