Mikel predicts club to win 2018/19 UEFA Champions League trophy

Doug Mendoza
September 20, 2018

Guardiola, City's inspirational manager, will hand over first-team duties for the visit of Lyon to his number two as he serves a touchline ban for his sending-off against Liverpool last season.

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

Maxwel Cornet drilled the French visitors ahead after Fabian Delph failed to cut out Nabil Fekir's cross.

Fekir then made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute after being set up by Memphis Depay.

Bernardo Silva's second-half strike gave City hope of a fightback, but their inconsistent efforts spluttered out. For the reigning Premier League champions, however, it seems like they might have been lacking the fan support they would have wanted.

"Up to now the preparation has been completely normal, the difference tomorrow is obviously there are some rules that we will respect", Arteta said. "We started quite slowly, we lost too many duels and twice in the first half we gave away the ball in risky areas and allowed Lyon to score both times".

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"I don't think [it was a problem], we worked the last two days, focusing with him", he said.

Last season, City averaged 48,050 at the Etihad in the Champions League as they reached the quarter-finals.

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

Lyon have only ever won once in eight Champions League games in England, drawing for and losing three.

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

Manchester City host Olympique Lyon as the bookmakers' favourites to win the Champions League look to make a ideal start at The Etihad.

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