Arteta frustrated as Man City suffer shock home loss to Lyon

Tyler Owen
September 20, 2018

"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.

"The players are not flawless, sometimes they have bad days, sometimes better". The positives, negatives, their qualities and weaknesses. "I wouldn't change the players for any others". They are fantastic. The hunger in this group is incredible. But people have to look inside this club, what we have created, it's phenomenal.

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

"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".

NAIJ.com earlier reported that Juventus got their UEFA Champions League campaign off to a winning start after beating Valencia 2-0 at the Estadio Mestalla on Wednesday night.

Not a good start, but there is still plenty to play for.

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"We didn't feel the flow around the team". But he has no regrets that a potential move to Arsenal did not happen and said he has learned a lot from working under Guardiola since he joined him at City in the summer of 2016.

'A decision was made and I'm so happy the decision was made and I'm very privileged to be where I am'. If you ask, one day in the future, will I be a coach? "He wouldn't choose it but this is what's happening, I'm here to try to do my best". The reality is Pep wasn't here and we lost the game. "That will continue always".

The Spaniard - who conducted Tuesday's pre-match press conference ahead of facing Lyon in the Champions League due to Guardiola's touchline ban - was one of the favourites to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.

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

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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