Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta has spoken out for the first time after failing in his pursuit of the Arsenal manager's job. "Hopefully we can improve on the last two seasons because we came short".
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"I don't think [it was a problem], we worked the last two days, focusing with him", he said.
"In the second half we dominated and played in the opponents' half and created many chances", he said.
But the improvement wasn't sufficient.
City did pull a goal back minutes later, as Bernado Silva handed his side a life-line with a cool finish from close range after being picked out by Leroy Sane.
The Spaniard - who conducted Tuesday's pre-match press conference ahead of facing Lyon in the Champions League due to Guardiola's touchline ban - was one of the favourites to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates.
The setback on Wednesday night leaves City at the bottom of Group F, although a 2-2 draw between Shakhtar Donetsk and Hoffenheim means that Pep Guardiola's team are just a point adrift of second spot.
City definitely looked far from the form which brought them their record-breaking Premier League title run last season.
Celebrating a decade under Abu Dhabi ownership, which allowed City to assemble a squad for more than $1 billion, the Champions League is the one big prize the club has yet to win. We go again in the next game. "The reality is Pep was not here and we lost the game".
City are among the favourites to lift the trophy in Madrid in June but despite believing City have the strongest squad, Arteta said it was hard to look beyond Real after winning it in each of the last three seasons - even without Cristinao Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.