Manchester City underestimate Lyon

Manchester City underestimate Lyon

In the first match of the Champions League group stage, Manchester City lost to French Lyon, 1:2. In this material we will figure out the reasons for Josep Guardiola team’s loss and interim fourth place of the Citizens in group F after the first round.

Manchester City, as Josep Guardiola teams befit, began with pressing at alien goal, using the usual formation 4-3-3. The first twenty minutes the hosts did not let the guests out of their penalty box, but Lyon’s head coach Genesio chose the tactics for the match with 4-4-1-1 formation, which allowed Les Gones to timely move from defense to attack and vice versa. After twenty minutes of siege, the guests went forward and discouraged the Citizens. Nabil Fekir, who packed his suitcases to Liverpool this summer swept through the left wing, having left Walker behind and made a cross to the far wing. Fabian Delph missed the ball and Cornet opened the score in the match.

As the episode showed, Manchester City full-backs lack confidence in defense as all their power is focused on attack. The episode insanely reminded the clashes of Liverpool and the Citizens last season. Before the break, Nabil Fekir taking advantage of his individual qualities passed through to the opponents’ penalty box and irresistibly shot on Ederson’s goal, doubling the team’s advantage.

In the second half Mikel Arteta with Gardiola’s guidance let out Sane and Aguero, who sat on the bench from the start of the match. They didn’t manage to pass Lyon with small force, and the Spaniard’s weapon from the EPL was used. However, it was already late. Thanks to the manager’s universal tactics the guests stayed at the goal and goalkeeper Anthony Lopes made seven saves in total thanks to reaction on the goal line.

Manchester City’s only goal came from the left wing after Sane’s solo passage. The tired right wing of Lyon’s defense needed refreshment and Genesio had felt the moment by letting out Dubois instead of Rafael. Les Gones survived at Etihad and gained three points to their asset, having created chaos in group F.

In conclusion it should be noted that the first half became an indicator for Guardiola team’s underestimation of the opponent. The hosts were confident that they will turn out to be stronger in shots exchange and made similar mistake as in the matches against Jurgen Klopp. Even the humble Lyon with a couple of high class players with collective actions defeated Manchester City. If Guardiola doesn’t learn the lesson from such defeats, the Citizens should forget about the triumph in the Champions League.