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

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Mikel Arteta denied complacency was behind Manchester City's shock defeat by Lyon as they paid a heavy price for Pep Guardiola's touchline ban.

Bernardo Silva gave the hosts a lifeline in the 67th minute, making it 2-1 with a good finish from 10 yards following a cut-back from Leroy Sane. "We were finding it hard to come up with the right pass, we couldn't build up any consistency and Lyon were able to take advantage".

What did you make of City's performance against Lyon?

"They are fantastic, the mix we have between senior players and younger players, the hunger they still have in this group it is incredible".


"If you give cheap goals away it is hard".

"The decision was made and I am so happy the decision was made", he said (via The Mirror).

Guardiola has been trying to guard against complacency but Arteta insisted his side were fully aware of how risky 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. We knew each other from before but we clicked really quickly and understand each other really well and we think in the same direction.

"The second half we tweaked a few things to try to control better the counters and have an extra man in midfield and I think we created the chances but we couldn't get back in the game and at this level it's not good enough".


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

"We were very aware of Lyon's strengths and weaknesses".

"We would have taken 2-2 before the match but given the way the game went we'd have been disappointed not to leave with the three points".

City were dominating possession ten minutes into the second stanza but they were yet to make risky attacks.


But it seems City's fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off.

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