Lyon kicked off Manchester City, defeating them 3-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, a stage they had not reached in a decade.
Moussa Dembélé contributed a double to the surprise victory of the French team, which will be measured in the next round against Bayern Munich, the cruel executioner of Barcelona on the eve.
City, with one of the most onerous teams in football history, succumbed to a team that languished this year in seventh place in the French league and that needs to be crowned for the first time in this tournament if it wants to play it in the next edition
The elimination left Pep Guardiola without Champions League titles since 2011, when he was crowned with Barcelona. The renowned strategist has been shipwrecked in three attempts with Bayern Munich and has not even reached the quarter-finals in his four seasons with City.
“We have had more chances, but we have made mistakes, and in this competition you cannot fail,” explained the Spanish coach. “It is difficult, but it is part of the game. You have to understand it. Now we have to try again. Soccer gives other opportunities and you have to try ”.
Guardiola’s decision to put up an unusual formation with five defenders to suit Lyon’s scheme was a fatal mistake.
That defense was easily violated by Maxwel Cornet, who opened the scoring in the 24th minute.
Kevin De Bruyne equalized at 69, but Dembélé entered as a substitute six minutes later and returned the lead to the French club at 79.
And then came a play that will haunt Raheem Sterling like a nightmare. The City forward sent a shot skyrocketing when the open arc was in front of him.
Dembélé scored again to bury the hopes of the Citizens, who have crashed three consecutive seasons in the quarterfinals. The English team have never been European champions, despite the arrival of generous cash injections from Abu Dhabi since 2008.
“We need to learn. This is not good enough, it is, ”said De Bruyne. “Different year, the same result.”
City’s biggest win in the Champions League this season came in court. His lawyers managed to revoke a two-year suspension that had been imposed on him in European competitions.
But a team that had eliminated Real Madrid in the previous round, 13 times continental monarch, did not have a defeat against Lyon in the book.
“Sometimes there are clubs that have to break a barrier, like ours in the quarterfinals, and I think this group will end up succeeding,” Guardiola said.