[Teams] Man City vs Lyon: Confirmed Line-Ups From The Etihad

Dean Simpson
September 20, 2018

With Pep Guardiola serving a touchline ban, Mikel Arteta fell flat in his first audition in charge.

However, the Lyon winger came back haunting City's backline two minutes later, netting the match's opener in the 26th minute capitalising on Fabian Delph's messy clearance from Nabil Fekir's simple cross from the left. "We have had a big wake-up call, a result we were not expecting, but it is early in the group stage and it is not too late to respond".

"We have to be humble now and go to Hoffenheim to try and win there and the other four games as well".

A decade into their stewardship, winning the competition for the first time may remain the holy grail for City's Abu Dhabi owners.

The Etihad outfit romped to Premier League glory last season in record breaking fashion and are the bookies favourites to win this years Champions League.

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

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

Lyon started brightly in the North-West of England with Houssem Aouar dragging a low effort wide from distance, but City soon responded with Raheem Sterling posing a frequent threat down the left-hand side. "I look at the players, I see how they behave, how they react. I won't judge them because we lost".

Gabriel Jesus, City's Brazilian striker, had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down but that was one of the few moments in which he really threatened in the box. However, the England worldwide swiped at fresh air and Cornet gratefully slotted into the far corner.

"You can't say what would have happened had Pep been around, it's completely hypothetical", Arteta said.

Arteta surprisingly resisted the temptation to make changes at the break despite having a cavalry of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Riyad Mahrez on the bench.

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