Guardiola comes out to defend his players following a miserable loss in Champions League opener

    Manchester City have started off the new Champions League campaign on the wrong foot, losing 2-1 to Olympique Lyonnais at the Etihad Stadium, but Pep Guardiola doesn’t seem to be annoyed with the way his players approached the game.Ahead of Sunday’s showdown at the Cardiff City Stadium, the former Barcelona manager has stood up for his team, stating that there’s nothing he can be complaining about in regard to City’s performance against Ligue 1 outfit.“The players don’t have to apologize, why should they apologize, for what?“They ran, they fought, they tried to make a comeback but this competition punishes the mistakes you make.“We made a lot of mistakes and when we did that they punished us. But they don’t have to apologize, they put everything there. Of course, I was banned, I have to accept it but the next game I will be there.“We didn’t play badly. It wasn’t the best performance but we didn’t play badly. In the first half, it was a little bit slow. They didn’t create too many chances and in the second half we were better,” Pep stated.Guardiola wasn’t able to direct his side from the bench in midweek, but he will be on the touchline against the Bluebirds, urging his team to gear up their game and return to winning ways.The Citizens are already trailing Liverpool and Chelsea by two points, and a victory against the newly-promoted Cardiff City is a must if they look to keep up the pace with the leaders.

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