Pep Guardiola gave an honest critique of Manchester City’s shock Champions League exit to Lyon after they exited at the quarter-final stage for the third successive season.
City lost 3-1 and paid for mistakes and misses during a match in which VAR came to the fore in a drama-filled conclusion.
Moussa Dembele appeared to foul Aymeric Laporte in the build-up to Lyon’s second goal, but VAR decided it was not enough to rule out the strike. Raheem Sterling then missed an open goal from just yards out before Dembele scored his second of the evening after a spilled save from Ederson fell into his path.
Guardiola gave a frank assessment of his side after yet another Champions League failure and said errors eventually cost them in Lisbon.
“One day we will break this gap,” he told BT Sport. “The second half was OK, I had a feeling we were better but you have to be perfect in these competitions.
“I don’t want to talk about the circumstances [of Dembele’s first goal], it looks like I’m complaining or finding excuses. We are out. We did a lot of good things and in the end it was not enough.
“We made mistakes in both boxes at key moments and that’s why we are out. We scored a magnificent goal but unfortunately we missed another one. You have to be perfect, you cannot make mistakes.”
In his post-match press conference, Guardiola said his players were naturally upset after the result but they would be given time to rest before turning their attentions to next season.
He added: “The players are, of course, sad. Now we are going to [go through these emotions] in the hotel. It’s part of the game.
“In this competition, we know we can do many things but we have to be serious in the boxes and not concede these goals. The statistics show that we were good, we did more than they other ones in terms of everything but it was not enough.
“We struggled [in] the first 15-20 minutes to find the spaces to attack a little bit better with more consistency. Then after the last 15-20 minutes [of the first half], they [Lyon] started to play really good and a team like we knew – so aggressive, defensive and strong, like all the French teams.
“And the second half, we were good but was not good enough. The distance sometimes [is] the chances we miss and after we concede a goal. It is what it is. Maybe one day we will break past the quarter-finals, we are not able to do it. I am not able to with these incredible guys. We will try in the future.
“The show must go on and now it’s time for the players to take a break, we are going to get in as many days as possible. Next season will be so strong and demanding, but not the time to think about this… So [we will] try to sleep a little bit and pass 24 hours, 48 hours and then we start to think about next season.”