Manchester City vs Lyon, Champions League

Florence Fletcher
September 20, 2018

"I will be on the touchline and try to make the right decisions and for the rest nothing will change".

Pep Guardiola's men should still expect to qualify from what looks like a relatively easy Group F but it is telling that no team has ever lost their opening game of the Champions League and then gone on to win the tournament.

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has spoken out for the first time after failing in his pursuit of the Arsenal manager's job.

Lyon's recent form in the competition is patchy, having won just three of their last 13 matches, seven of which were defeats.

"Other people think we are candidates to compete against the best teams in Europe because of how consistent we have been and the way we play against big teams".

"Even if they have lost Cristiano Ronaldo, I'd still make Real Madrid the main favourites due to their history and experience".

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Arteta - a former Arsenal captain during his playing days - was the favourite to succeed the long-serving Arsene Wenger for much of the summer until the board instead made a decision to go for Unai Emery. But I do think the Champions League is going to be quite open this season.

"I'm privileged to be where I am in football right now", Arteta added.

"You wouldn't choose this situation but this is what is happening". I feel very fulfilled.

The City boss opted out because he is serving a touchline ban for the game at the Etihad Stadium as a result of his sending off in last season's quarter-final against Liverpool, meaning Arteta will take charge.

We have a fantastic momentum and there's still a lot of room for this club to grow - so I am very pleased with where I am.

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