Fernandinho acknowledged his uncharacteristic errors were a cause of Manchester City’s surprise 2-1 Champions League loss at home to Lyon.
The Brazilian International said, “From my point of view, it’s a tough group, I never thought it was going to be easy and Lyon showed that, we had a first half to forget, with some mistakes by myself, and in the second half we tried to take over, to recover the result but it was too late. we have to be humble now and go to Hoffenheim to try and win there and the other four games as well.”
City manager Pep Guardiola served a touchline ban following his dismissal during last season’s quarter-final loss to Liverpool and Fernandinho conceded it was unusual for City not having their boss around.
The Midfielder continued and said,”I don’t think it was a problem, we worked the last two days, focusing with him,” he said.”But you have your own style of play and we play with him the whole season. It was different. The first half was very poor from us and you have to forget it.”
Fernandinho added: “Of course, we are a good team, we won the Premier League last season but to compete in Europe against nice teams, good players, quality players, you have to have something extra. I think that is a good point because we discussed it at half-time and before the game as well.”