Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Man City suffer surprise home loss to Lyon in Champions League

Man City suffer surprise home loss to Lyon in Champions League

Manchester City take on Lyon in their Champions League opener on Wednesday - a game in which Arteta will take charge as Guardiola will not be allowed any contact with the players inside the stadium.

Real, who sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus before the season started, have won the Champions League three years in a row, but City are the bookmakers' favourites this year despite falling at the quarter-final stage last season. We will see during the game.

With the suspended City manager Pep Guardiola forced to watch from the stands, Fekir the made it 2-0 to the French side in the 43rd minute with a sweetly struck drive after being set-up by Memphis Depay.

"It has to be Real Madrid [as favourites], they have something special in this competition", he said.

"Other people think we are candidates to compete against the best teams in Europe because of how consistent we have been and the way we play against big teams".

Arteta, the former Everton and Arsenal midfielder, has established a good reputation as a coach and was heavily linked with the manager's post at Arsenal in the summer.

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"I am privileged to be where I am". "That happens nearly every half-time, it is not a new thing, we just had to try and improve what we were doing".

He added: 'If you ask me in the future will I be a coach the answer will be yes, but I am really happy where I am.

Arteta would not be drawn on whether Guardiola's absence from the touchline had any influence on an unusually disappointing performance by the champions of England.

"For me we have the best players in the world at this club", Arteta told a news conference on Tuesday (Sep 18). We lost many duels and at this level you pay the price for that.

The creativity was there for much of the match, and with Hoffenheim and Shakhtar Donetsk drawing, City is just in a one-point hole and will be favored to win its remaining matches.

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