Fernandinho takes blame for Man City's Lyon loss

Mae Harvey
September 20, 2018

Lyon were asserting themselves well in the early stages of the match, frustrating City from having any sort of rhythm.

Nabil Fekir sent in a cross from the left that evaded Fabian Delph's swinging legs, allowing Maxwel Cornet to slot it home in the 26th minute.

The Etihad was stunned yet again before the break, with Lyon doubling their lead as Fekir registered a goal to go with his assist with an impressive finish after being picked out by Memphis Depay.

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.

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 quite slowly, we lost too many duels and twice in the first half we gave away the ball in unsafe areas and allowed Lyon to score both times". "If he would have been on the touchline I couldn't say if we would have won 5-0 or lost 3-0".

"But I don't think that's an excuse for the result".

However, while Arteta has insisted that the Man City squad are hungry for more success, he also admitted that he thinks current holders Real Madrid should be the favourites to win Europes most prestigious competition this season.

But City fans still have a fraught relationship with Europe's premier competition.

"For me, we have the best players in the world", Arteta said.

Manchester City is looked at as one of the favorites to win the Champions League, and while that still may be true, the team didn't live up to the hype on Wednesday.

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