Manchester City suffered defeat last night against French side Lyon, as they kicked off their Champions League campaign in the worst way possible. Many bookmakers have considered City to be the favourites to lift the European Cup this season, but as we’ve seen in the past, the weight of expectations can often weigh very heavily on any given team.
With this only being the first game of their group stage campaign there’s a good chance that they’ll bounce back from this, especially given the strength of the group itself, but it did feel like a significant moment last night at the Etihad. Bernardo Silva did well to halve the deficit created by Cornet and Fekir, but it still seemed as if there was something that wasn’t right about the Premier League champions. Perhaps it was the lack of Pep Guardiola on the touchline, which would serve as a huge indication of just how important that man is to them.
What’ll also be interesting to see is whether or not this eventually impacts their ability to compete in the Premier League. Of course, European and domestic football are two separate entities, but that sensation of losing is something that doesn’t go away overnight. We’ve already seen City struggle a few times in the EPL, too, most notably during their draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers which proved to the rest of the division that they aren’t invincible whatsoever.
Their focus will now turn back towards trying to defend their Premier League title, and trying to chase Liverpool and Chelsea who have been on fire so far this season. City’s next game is against Cardiff City at the weekend, and the Welsh side have proven already against the Blues and Arsenal that they aren’t going to lie down and take a beating – so Guardiola’s side had better be ready.
Will City’s Champions League defeat impact their Premier League form?