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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Pep Guardiola talks about the Champions league and why they had to suffer at the hands of Lyon

Manchester City's coach Pep Guardiola has revealed that his teams struggle to overcome Lyon would help them when they reach the Champions League knockout stages.



Pep Guardiola talks about the Champions league and why they had to suffer at the hands of Lyon



The Premier League champions who started the season in an unbelievable way twice had to come from behind with goals from Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Kun Aguero to secure a 2-2 draw in France to cement a place in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League.

The city lost to the Ligue 1 side in the Group opener on matchday 1 and the City boss believes the games should give them a hand of experience of how difficult it is to be successful in Europe.

"Maybe we need to pass through a difficult moment in this competition to survive the later stages," he said while at a news conference. "The last two seasons when I'm here we qualified comfortably.

Maybe you have to suffer in the group stage to realise and make a step forward."
Lyon caused City plenty of problems, taking the lead twice through Maxwell Cornet, who along with Memphis Depay, missed two glorious chances in the first half.
They are the only the side to score twice against City this season,
having also done so in the Group F opener when they won 2-1 at the
Etihad Stadium.

"We are into the last 16," Guardiola said. "It's so important at this time to be in the last 16. When you play against Lyon, it's complicated because they are a really good side.
"The level was quite similar across all the group that's why starting with a 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon, we have made an excellent recovery in the past four games.

"Always you think: 'How will we react in that situation? "We have shown a huge personality. We did it. We were strong in this situation."


Defender Kyle Walker said after the game that City showed their fighting qualities, which they will need if they are to progress in the competition.

"They gave us a good game at the Etihad so we knew it would be a very tough game. They have good players in good areas and quick players but we got a good draw," he said.
"That shows the character and belief in the dressing room. Important players come good at the right time.

"Lyon is technically good and quick and strong, that's why they hurt us at the Etihad and that's why we had a point to prove.
"There are still things we have to work on -- it is completely different to Premier League -- still, I think we need to switch on to. But we're through and hopefully,y, we can get a favourable draw [in the last 16]."

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