UEFA Champions League match report Manchester City v Lyon 19 September 2018

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Fabian Delph miscued a routine clearance to allow Maxwel Cornet's 26th-minute opener after Fernandinho's slack pass and worse was to come for the Brazil global as he was bundled out of possession by Nabil Fekir before the Lyon captain fired in the Ligue 1 side's second shortly before the break.

"The ideal scenario is to have a full stadium every time and being behind the team like insane but we know sometimes it doesn't happen".

Memphis Depay set Fekir on a run and the forward doubled Lyon's lead in the 43rd by striking through the legs of John Stones.

Lyon were asserting themselves well in the early stages of the match, frustrating City from having any sort of rhythm.

"To concede two goals like we did is very frustrating", Stones said.

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

"For me, we have the best players in the world and I wouldn't change them for any others".

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However, the north London club ultimately made a decision to go with Unai Emery over Arteta, and the City coach insists he is happy to continue as Guardiola's right-hand man.

There are reports coming in that up to half of the seats were left empty.

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

Although Guardiola's role will be heavily restricted on Wednesday, Arteta confirmed that City's build-up to their Group F opener had been no different than usual.

Celebrating a decade under Abu Dhabi ownership, which allowed City to assemble a squad for more than $1 billion, the Champions League is the one big prize the club has yet to win.

Lyon have only ever won once in eight Champions League games in England, drawing for and losing three.

The Transport for Greater Manchester, for example, had warned people that the city could be busy today due to the Champions League fixture.