Manchester City vs Lyon, Champions League


Former Arsenal midfielder and current Man City assistant Mikel Arteta, 36, will manage the squad.

City is coming off a win over the weekend while Lyon has shown some inconsistency over the last couple weeks.

"The decision was made and I am so happy".

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

He stated that Real Madrid are still favourite to win this season's Champions League trophy despite losing their all-time highest goalscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer.

"I've known him for a long time".

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"It has to be a motivation, not a pressure, that's the way we take it and hopefully we can improve on what we did the last two seasons because we came up short". "If you're asking will I be a coach one day in the future the answer is probably yes, but I feel lucky to be in this job and there's still a lot of room for this club to grow". I feel very fulfilled with the job I'm doing at the moment.

Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta reckons his clubs multi-talented squad is the best in World Football. We got brought up in Barcelona with the same mentality and the same philosophy so we clicked together really well.

Guardiola is serving a touchline ban for coming on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee during his side's quarter-final defeat by Liverpool last season, but Arteta is determined to do his best to make sure the manager's absence is not felt. "I will try to make my best and reduce the impact of not having Pep on the touchline but everything else is absolutely normal".

City striker Sergio Aguero looked to have overcome his ankle knock as he trained ahead of the game but left-back Benjamin Mendy did not feature due to a knee problem.

Arteta said: "We have a training session now and will see how they react".