Pep Guardiola Delighted With His Side's 'Huge Personality' During Draw Against Lyon


City claimed a place in the last 16 on Tuesday as they twice came from behind to scramble a 2-2 draw against the dominant French side at the Groupama Stadium. They all have quality, they don't lose the ball, they're so strong and they're fast.

"After losing the first game, here was not a surprise".

Lyon's only win in the group stage this season came on the opening night against Manchester City, however Bruno Genesio's side once again caused the reigning Premier League champions all night.

After winning the Premiership with a record 100 points last term, Guardiola's City is on course to better that feat but the 47-year-old Spaniard is aware that Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool is extremely good and could make his team dig deeper in order to win the title this season. "We can focus on the Premier League and try to compete against the best teams in Europe when February comes".

He said: "You don't have time".

They have lost just once - to runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain - in their 12 games in all competitions since victory in Manchester and sit second in their domestic league. "Qualifying for the last 16 is the happiest time for November and December".

"Always you think 'how will we react in that situation?' [going behind] and always we have shown a huge personality".

City drew with Lyon 2-2 on Tuesday
City drew with Lyon 2-2 on Tuesday

Raheem Sterling started ahead of Phil Foden in central midfield (Laurent Cipriani/AP).

"Phil's definitely ready", Guardiola said. They will now look to go through as Group F winners by taking at least a point from their final fixture against Hoffenheim.

Aymeric Laporte believes Manchester City's Champions League struggles against Lyon will stand them in good stead for the rest of the competition.

Lyon will also need a result in their last game against Shakhtar Donetsk to progress.

The performance of Aymeric Laporte against Lyon once again proved why the Frenchman is Manchester City's best, and most important defender.

"We have a great relationship", said Laporte. Maxwel had a massive game, as did the entire team. "That's why we are happy for the draw and the qualification, because that's what really matters for us".

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