Mikel Arteta won’t blame Guardiola’s ban for Manchester City defeat

Manchester City have the most valuable squad in the Champions League this season

I wouldn't change my players for any others.

City, who are favourites to win this season's competition with some bookmakers, fell further behind before half-time - Lyon captain Fekir finding the net from 25 yards after Fernandinho gave the ball away inside his own half.

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta took in today's Champions League media conference.

Guardiola, City's inspirational manager, will hand over first-team duties for the visit of Lyon to his number two as he serves a touchline ban for his sending-off against Liverpool last season.

"Obviously (Guardiola) is disappointed not to be as involved, but he had a reaction in the last game and we respect UEFA's decision", Arteta said.

Guardiola will not be allowed any contact with his players or backroom staff inside the Etihad Stadium and will have to watch from the stands as City bid to make a winning start in Group F.

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"It was a hard game", said Depay, who struggled to make an impact at Manchester United before leaving after two seasons in 2017.

"For me we have the best players in the world and I look at our players as if they are the best", he said. "Our aim is to win the Champions League and we feel we are improving".

Arteta, the former Everton and Arsenal midfielder, has established a good reputation as a coach and was heavily linked with the manager's post at Arsenal in the summer.

A semi-final appearance in 2016 remains their best ever performance in the Champions League, a feat which Lyon can actually match as they reached the last-four back in 2010.

"I am privileged to be where I am". "You all know some things that happened, the reality is I'm here and I'm very happy".

The setback on Wednesday night leaves City at the bottom of Group F, although a 2-2 draw between Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim means that Pep Guardiola's team are just a point adrift of second spot.

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