Watch: How Manchester City lost to Lyon and Guardiola's reaction

Pep Guardiola's quest to win the Champions League since leaving Barcelona continues after a 3-1 Man City loss to Lyon in the quarterfinals. The Lyon goals came from Maxwel Cornet (24) and Moussa Dembélé (79, 87) while Kevin De Bruyne made it 1-1 in the 69th minute. In the 85th minute, Raheem Sterling missed a close-range, open net chance.


3 comments about "Watch: How Manchester City lost to Lyon and Guardiola's reaction".
  1. Santiago 1314, August 16, 2020 at 9:37 a.m.

    So, if a Player Dummies a Ball at the Near Post, and the Guy behind him Scores; We all say what a Great and Clever Play was the Dummy ... How is this "Offside" Different.??? ...
    Was that Sterling or Wondoloski On that MISS.???
    Brazilian GK, always a Recipe for Disaster.!!!
    The problem guy Pep remains.... Tiki Taka can only Win the Big One; with XAVI.!!!

  2. frank schoon, August 16, 2020 at 10:58 a.m.

    I can't believe City lost. This is one of those games you get from time to time,  the BETTER team didn't win. I was not impressed one bit with Lyon,neither style nor quality of play or with their Dutch star Memphis Depay who was nowhere to be seen.

    Lyon scored the first 2 goals with a bit of luck for at least I thought the first goal could have been called offsides. But the best goal to me is the DeBruyne's who a scored beautiful, one-touching, WELL PLACED goal. Most players would have placed the ball to the goalie's right for DeBruyne had little room to make any mistakes on this shot. 

    This has nothing to do with Tiki-Taka. City created plenty of chances to score and that is what matters for that is what the game is all about.  The problem was the ball needs to be put in the back of the net. You can't expect Guardiola to go out and do it for them. It was one of those games. City needs a Suarez type ,or a Joseph Martinez type of scorer up front. 

     I do fault  City for not employing 3rd man off the ball runs, which is hallmark if you going to play attacking soccer. They were standing around too much. Not enough penetration from the flanks like the one that led up to the goal scored by DeBruyne. One of the problems was on the right flank- NO PENETRATION!!! Kyle Walker is not technical enough and neither is DeBruyne for that is not his forte, which leads City to have an unbalanced attack on the flanks. The right flank was simply underemployed.

    I also didn't like that City played in the beginning a 5-2-3 formation thus creating a weak midfield  support for the front line. Also I was not impressed with their Turkish midfielder, for he looked lost out there.


  3. Ben Myers, August 16, 2020 at 2:57 p.m.

    This match exposes once again the defensive liabilities of Man City, not as evident in its run to the EPL title in 2019, but there for all to see during the 2020 EPL season.  Man City has never quite recovered from the retirement of Vincent Kompany, the leadership and the glue of the Man City defense for some years.  Van Dyck of Liverpool and Maguire of Man U play this role quite well.  Guardiola needs to sign or develop a central defense leader.

    And, yes, Man City also was on the short end of the non-call for offside resulting in Lyon's second goal. 

    Still, they did themselves in, playing to neutralize the other squad's strengths rather than going at Lyon with its own considerable strengths.  Or rather, Pep did them in.  And here I thought that playing to one's own strengths was fundamental at any level of soccer.  Pep, how could you? 

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