Mikel Arteta refused to use the absence of Pep Guardiola as an excuse after defeat to Lyon ended their unbeaten start to the season. Asked if the performance might have been different with Guardiola’s input, Arteta said: “I have no idea. That’s something hypothetical. The reality is that Pep wasn’t here and we lost the game.
“If he would have been on the touchline, I couldn’t say if we would have won 5-0 or lost 0-3.”
Having lost the second leg of last season’s last-16 tie to Basle, and then both legs of the quarter-final to Liverpool, City have now lost four successive Champions League games.
Arteta conceded the team were not up to standard.
The Spaniard said: “At this level, it’s not good enough.
“You have zero margin in the Champions League. When you make mistakes, you get punished.
“Whether it is a lack of attention, not winning the duels, losing simple balls or not being effective enough, you pay the price and this is another great example of that.”