Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Saturday said his side lost 3 – 1 to Olympique Lyonnais to exit the UEFA Champions League because they lacked the perfection needed in Europe ’ s top competition .
Manchester City fell inbehind to Maxwel Cornet ’ s strike in a sloppy first half of the quarter-final match .
They then looked like their usual selves after the break and levelled through Kevin de Bruyne .
However , they were downed by two strikes from Moussa Dembele, sandwiched between an unbelievable open- goal miss from Raheem Sterling .
“ It is what it is and hopefully one day we’ ll bridge this gap , ” Guardiola said after a fourth successive failure in the UEFA Champions League with Manchester City.
“ We struggled in the first 25 minutes , but in the second half we felt free .
We were there and I had the feeling we were better than them.
But you have to be perfect in this competition and we were not. ”
Guardiola did not complain about Lyon ’ s second goal, which survived a VAR review after a potential foul by Dembele on Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte .
“ I don’ t know , I don’ t want to talk about those circumstances because sometimes it seems like I’ m complaining or looking for excuses .
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“ We are out, I had the feeling we were incredible already, but we made mistakes in the boxes in the key moments. ”
Guardiola also rued Sterling ’ s astonishing miss which would have made it 2 – 2 and they were promptly punished by Dembele’ s second goal which was the killer blow.
“ That moment sums up this competition , we had to equalise and after we conceded the third goal.
That’ s this competition , you have to be perfect .
“ We created more chances , had more shots , we did everything , but unfortunately we are out again . ”
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