Thursday, 20 September 2018

we didn't lose because of Pep's absence - Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta overseas Manchester City game against Lyon yesterday in which they lose. 

Though Pep was watching from the stands, Manchester City couldn't break down Lyon as they lost the game by 2 goals to 1.

Maxwel Cornet opened the scoring for Lyon before Nabil Fekir doubled their lead before half-time. City came back strong in the second half as Bernardo Silva got a goal in the early stage. However, the goal wasn't enough to safe City as Lyon defended their lead until the final whistle.

Arteta has now rubbished the claim that they lost the game because Pep Guardiola wasn't there and reveal they could have still lost if he was also there.

'I have no idea. The reality is Pep wasn't here and we lost the game,' Arteta said

'If Pep would have been on the touchline I can't tell you if we'd have won 5-0 or lost.'

'We were very aware of Lyon's strengths and weaknesses. They were well prepared. We weren't prepared to be 2-0 down at the break, but you have to react.'

'There is zero margin for errors in the Champions League - you make a mistake and you are punished. If you don't win duels, play simple balls, you will suffer - today was another example of that.'

'Sometimes in a new competition you have to get on track. The start wasn't good. We didn't feel the flow around the team.'

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