Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has responded to his critics who think his side is not great team due to Champions League failure.

The Citizens will travel to Groupama Stadium to take on Lyon tonight for the Champions League tie in the group stage.

Guardiola side will be looking to secure their fourth win in the Group F which will allow them to be group leaders and qualify for the knockout stage.

City’s best run in the UEFA Champions League was when they reached the semi-finals under Manuel Pellegrini in 2016 before being knocked out by Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane.

But Guardiola has claimed that he is sure his side’s fans are happy with what his players has been doing for the club.

Guardiola said: “For the people who don’t love us too much (critics), then we would have failed.”

“I’m pretty sure our fans don’t have regrets for what these guys have been doing.”

“That is the best compliment, the best success a team can have. We want to continue the level in the Premier League and arrive in the best condition possible.”

“But try to win it (Champions League) again, why not? We want the last 16 and they know the size of the competition – it speaks for itself.”

Guardiola, who lost the first Lyon game in September, will be without Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan as they are all sidelined with injury problems.

The Spaniard added: “We lost the first game against a tough team, but now we have the chance to qualify with one game left.”

“We come to do our jobs. In the last month, we played at a high level, scoring a lot of goals.”

“Never in nine or 10 years have I been able to win three games away, so it will be an exceptional situation.”

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