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Lyon star Nabil Fekir impressed in the win against Man City last night

Lyon star Nabil Fekir impressed in the win against Man City last night

Mikel Arteta said he had no idea whether Pep Guardiola's touchline absence because of suspension had anything to do with Manchester City unexpectedly losing a fourth Champions League game in a row, though the assistant coach did accept that the side had been slow and occasionally careless.

It could even have been 3-0 when Memphis Depay hit the post on the hour after a magnificent through ball from Tanguy Ndombele, but after that let-off City earned themselves a lifeline through Bernardo Silva, who produced a smart finish after a superb jinking run from substitute Leroy Sane. "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.

What did you make of City's performance against Lyon? We will try to reduce the impact and give the players what they need and hopefully it will work well.

Guardiola has been trying to guard against complacency but Arteta insisted his side were fully aware of how unsafe Lyon were, despite their poor start to the season, which has seen them win two and lose two of their five opening Ligue 1 games.

"In the second half we dominated and played in the opponents' half and created many chances", he said.

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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.

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

"They scored two goals, then in the second half we tried to go after the result".

"Up to now the preparation has been completely normal, the difference tomorrow is obviously there are some rules that we will respect", Arteta said.

City's thirst for European success will surely intensify this season, given their domestic dominance under Guardiola last term and Arteta agreed that, to be considered a truly great side, they have to win a European trophy.

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