Manchester City out of the Champions League: different year, same thing – Kevin de Bruyne


Kevin de Bruyne scored City’s goal to make it 1-1 – and at this point they probably looked winning

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne said “we have to learn” after their third consecutive outing in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Moussa Dembele scored two late goals as Lyon beat City 3-1 to set up a semi-final with Bayern Munich.

“It’s a different year, same stuff,” De Bruyne – who had equalized after the opening of Maxwel Cornet – told BT Sport.

City, who finished second in the Premier League, end the season with the EFL Cup as their only major trophy.

City have lost to Monaco in the last 16 games, then to Liverpool and Tottenham in the Champions League quarter-finals under Pep Guardiola.

“The first half was not good enough. In the second half we played well and put them under pressure, ”said De Bruyne. “We were more offensive. Lyon haven’t really created but we have to learn. ”

Manchester City boss Guardiola has often been accused of overthinking his tactics in major Champions League matches.

This time, he played a 3-5-2 formation with full-backs instead of his usual 4-3-3 as center-back Eric Garcia replaced attacking midfielder Phil Foden in the squad that beat the Real Madrid.

BBC Radio 5 Live specialist Pat Nevin, the former Chelsea and Scotland winger, said: “They shot each other in the foot.

“After about 22 minutes, it wasn’t working. Pep Guardiola changed that after 60 minutes so you practically lost 60 minutes when you could have dominated the game.

“The real shame is that Guardiola was very reactionary tonight. Usually he wants his teams to control the games, but he was on the verge of tasteless tonight.

“He just wasn’t as brave as usual. ”

French football journalist Julien Laurens said: “Lyon benefited from Pep’s crazy tactics.

“It’s his failure. He missed at the start, at half-time, in the second half.

“He thinks heavily in the Champions League. Sometimes it works, like against Real Madrid in Spain. Great, it works. But too often it has not worked.

“It didn’t work against Spurs last season, it didn’t work against Monaco three years ago.

“Why don’t you play your normal team in a normal formation against a team that is much weaker than you? Why do you need to adapt your training to the opposition? ”

” It does not work like that. He has to take the blame. He must take his responsibilities. It has happened too often.

“He has to step in and say ‘sorry, I keep trying to come up with ideas and it just doesn’t work”. If I was a City fan tonight I would be really upset with what Pep Guardiola has done. He ruined everything. time. ”

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