Fernandinho takes blame for Man City's Lyon loss

Arteta ready to step into Guardiola's shoes after missing out on Arsenal job

Arteta ready to step into Guardiola's shoes after missing out on Arsenal job

Mikel Arteta denied complacency was behind Manchester City's shock defeat by Lyon as they paid a heavy price for Pep Guardiola's touchline ban.

What did you make of City's performance against Lyon?

Lyon 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.

Fekir, who was strongly linked with a move to City's Premier League rivals Liverpool in the close season, then made it 2-0 to the French side in the 43rd minute, bursting clear and beating Ederson with a low drive after Fernandinho had given up possession in midfield.

City pulled one back in the 67th when Bernardo Silva scored from substitute Leroy Sane's cutback. We will try to reduce the impact and give the players what they need and hopefully it will work well.

"The reality is Pep was not here and we lost the game", said the Spaniard.

"It is disappointing. We are usually strong at home".

Arteta admitted he is surprised that Real Madrid haven't retained their status as favourites after winning three consecutive Champions League titles and with the final to be played in the Spanish capital this season.

Although Guardiola's role will be heavily restricted on Wednesday, Arteta confirmed that City's build-up to their Group F opener had been no different than usual.

The Champions League anthem was again booed by the crowd - reflecting to ongoing bitterness over UEFA sanctioning the club for breaching spending rules - and the team often fails to sell out group-stage games.

Defeat is City's fourth in a row in the Champions League, but Arteta said they were "well prepared" for the match.

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has spoken out for the first time after failing in his pursuit of the Arsenal manager's job.

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