Arteta frustrated as Man City suffer shock home loss to Lyon

Ruben Holloway
September 20, 2018

"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.

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"When we opened up on the first phase we gave the ball away".

"The second half we tweaked a few things to try to control better the counters and have an extra man in midfield and I think we created the chances but we couldn't get back in the game and at this level it's not good enough".

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Asked if he felt Pep's absence affected the players, Arteta replied: "I have no idea".

With Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk also in Group F, City appeared to have one of the kinder draws but is now playing catch-up.

He said: "I wouldn't like to use that as an excuse because we had that type of crowd in the Champions League before and we were able to win".

Meanwhile, defending champions Real Madrid take on Roma, who have previous when it comes to upsetting Spanish opposition in Europe following their stunning comeback against Barcelona last season.

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City's Brazil midfielder Fernandinho coughed up possession in the build-up to Lyon's first goal, and then did exactly the same under pressure from Fekir for their second.

In contrast to a flat-looking City, Bruno Genesio's Lyon delivered a tactically superb display, defending in numbers to nullify City's normally unsafe forward line and then counter-attacking at pace.

"It is the first game".

Liverpool fans will be more than content with the team on hand these days after Paris Saint-Germain were put to the sword at Anfield on Tuesday but there are still many fans who wish Nabil Fekir had joined the club in the summer. There is no outside pressure.

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"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".

The Frenchman is clearly on a warpath to prove once again that he has the quality to play for a top team after Liverpool apparently rejected him in the summer on the basis that they didn't want to take a risk on his knee.

"It's a great achievement and a deserved one. We suffered a bit towards the end as their changes meant they had more pace on the pitch and they upped their rhythm, but we stayed solid and worked for each other".

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