Why is Pep Guardiola not in the dugout for City-Lyon fixture?

Heather Diaz
September 20, 2018

"[The favourites] has to be Real Madrid, they have something special for this competition and they deal with every detail better than everyone else".

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. "But when we had the ball we tried to play and when we won the ball we tried to counterattack". "We weren't prepared to be 2-0 down at the break, but you have to react", he said.

"In football it's so hard to predict things, when things happen you have to make a decision, the decision was made and I'm so happy and privileged to be where I am".

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 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". "Hopefully we can improve on the last two seasons because we came short".

Arteta was close to replacing Arsene Wenger in the summer, only for Arsenal to have second thoughts because of his lack of managerial experience, turning instead to former Valencia, Sevilla and PSG coach Unai Emery.

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"We know in this competition that some weeks it doesn't happen". He was a terrific player and he spends a lot of time with us.

"I wouldn't change the players for any others".

City will come up against a side that includes a rejuvenated Memphis Depay, who endured a miserable 19-month spell at Manchester United before leaving Old Trafford in January past year. "I feel very fulfilled with the job I am doing at the moment", he said.

Striker Sergio Aguero and defender Benjamin Mendy will both be assessed.

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