​Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has said that the players should take the blame for their defeat to Lyon in the opening group game in the Champions League, with head coach Pep Guardiola absent from the touchline.


Guardiola was serving his ban that he received in the Champions League last season and it was Mikel Arteta who was in charge on the bench for the game.


Lyon surprisingly raced away to a two-goal lead, and even a second half goal from Bernardo Silva was not enough for the Citizens to get back into the game. The Brazilian goalkeeper has now said that the players should be the one who should take the blame for the shock defeat.


“The team didn’t perform at the level it had been playing in the last few games,” he said, according to ​Goal



“Unfortunately, we ended up being punished by our own mistakes. It was our own fault, but we also played against a very difficult opponent who played good football and created us lots of problems."


“It’s a defeat, it’s part of football. We just need to put our heads up and focus on the next game.   We know that our team has the ability to salvage the situation. Of course, we would have liked to start the competition on the right foot. We need to show our level and try to get the win.”


Manchester City will be focused on defeating ​Cardiff City and getting back to winning ways. They next face Hoffenheim in the ​Champions League and would be keen to get a win to kickstart their campaign.