Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has said City made costly mistakes, the reason why the team did not proceed to semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
City bowed out of the competition for the third straight season after a shocking 3-1 loss to Tinotenda Kadewere’s French team, Lyon in Lisbon on Saturday. The former Barcelona coach said:
One day we’ll break this gap to the quarter-finals. The second half was OK, I had a feeling we were better but you have to be perfect in these competitions.
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I don’t want to talk about the circumstances (of Dembele’s first goal), it looks like I’m complaining or finding excuses. We are out. We did a lot of good things and in the end it was not enough.
You have to be perfect in these competitions in one game and we weren’t. We made mistakes in both boxes at key moments and that’s why we are out.
City were favourites to winning the match after eliminating La Liga giants Real Madrid from the competition.
The Blues have never gone beyond the quarter-finals since Guardiola took over from Manuel Pellegrini despite ensembling arguably one of the strongest teams in the world.
City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was not pleased with the result. Speaking to BT Sport, he said:
Different year, same stuff. We need to learn, it’s not good enough.