Manchester City vs. Lyon - Football Match Report

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

The home team nearly went in front when Aymeric Laporte struck the post with a header from an acute angle having got on the end of Ilkay Gundogan's cross, but that was as good as it got for City as Lyon began to put their hosts under pressure at the other end.

When a pass by the Brazilian midfielder was intercepted around the halfway line, Lyon charged forward.

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. Delph held his head in his hands as the consequences of his mistake became clear.

Fekir doubled Lyon's lead two minutes before half-time leaving City with an uphill task. "I can't really explain why we began so slowly, but sometimes in a new competition it takes a while to get on track", he said.

In the off-season it appeared Lyon would lose Fekir to Liverpool until talks over a 60 million euro ($70 million) transfer broke down.

The Dutchman said: "Everybody knows the story of me and Manchester United was not successful but I'm just happy that I'm the player I am today".

The Manchester club faces Cardiff City next on Saturday.

"To concede two goals like we did is very frustrating", Stones said.

The Champioooooooons! The Champions League made a glorious return with some ripsnorting matches last night and we're back with some potential classics this evening. In the second half we dominated and played in the opponents half and created many chances.

But the improvement wasn't sufficient.

He stated that Real Madrid are still favourite to win this season's Champions League trophy despite losing their all-time highest goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer.

With Group F rivals Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim drawing 2-2 in Ukraine earlier on Wednesday, City are bottom of the group.

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. We go again in the next game.

City are among the favourites to lift the trophy in Madrid in June but despite believing City have the strongest squad, Arteta said it was hard to look beyond Real after winning it in each of the last three seasons - even without Cristinao Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.

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

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