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Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta – standing in for the suspended Pep Guardiola in the City dug-out last night – said that an under-capacity Etihad Stadium was not to blame for his side’s defeat by Lyon.
City announced a crowd of 40,111 – more than 10,000 down on their Premier League average.
“We have had this type of crowd in the Champions League before and we were able to win the game,” he said.
“If you ask me what is the ideal scenario, it is to have a full stadium every time, people supporting the team and being behind the team like crazy.
“We know in this competition that some weeks it doesn’t happen.
“But I don’t think that’s an excuse for the result.”