It could even have been 3-0 when Memphis Depay hit the post on the hour after a magnificent through ball from Tanguy Ndombele, but after that let-off City earned themselves a lifeline through Bernardo Silva, who produced a smart finish after a superb jinking run from substitute Leroy Sane.
The home side's efforts finally paid off in the 67th minute as Bernado Silva pulled one back for Pep Guardiola's men. "Hopefully we can improve on the last two seasons because we came short".
"For me, we have the best players in the world and I wouldn't change them for any others".
It was a match where City's sloppiness cost the team three points, giving Lyon two great chances to capitalize. We were well aware of Lyon's strengths and weaknesses and we were ready to make a fresh start in this competition, the way we went out last season [to Liverpool] really hurt.
City's Brazil midfielder Fernandinho coughed up possession in the build-up to Lyon's first goal, and then did exactly the same under pressure from Fekir for their second. "I can't tell you what would happen if he was here", the Spaniard told reporters.
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Banned from the touchline and unable to communicate with the bench, City manager Pep Guardiola did fill one seat in the stands and he saw his Premier League champions easily picked apart by the French visitors and not pressing with the usual intensity.
Although Guardiola's role will be heavily restricted on Wednesday, Arteta confirmed that City's build-up to their Group F opener had been no different than usual.
"We have a very young squad".
"It's a very open Champions League, that was the case last season and will be this season".
The near miss sparked City back into life with two neat moves leading to Delph getting shots away from the edge of the area, the second of which was well dealt with by Lopes down to his right.