Arteta tips City to conquer Champions League

Annette Crawford
September 19, 2018

"I will be on the touchline and I'll try to make the right decisions and for the rest, nothing will change".

Arteta - a former Arsenal captain during his playing days - was the favourite to succeed the long-serving Arsene Wenger for much of the summer until the board instead chose to go for Unai Emery.

"Pep had a very clear role for me when he asked me to join the club".

Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta took in today's Champions League media conference.

Arteta, who will lead City in their Champions League opener against Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday because manager Pep Guardiola is suspended, also said that his team were better placed to challenge for top European honours this season.

Guardiola praised Arteta for his "outstanding contribution" after last season's record-setting title win and said he hoped his compatriot would stay so they could "finish what we started together in the upcoming years".

Probed again if that meant Mendy and Aguero had resumed full training, Arteta simply replied: 'We will have the training session and see how they are after'. It's the first match and it's vital for the group stage but he had a reaction to something that happened in a big game, they made a decision, we respect that and this is the situation. Let us know in the comments...

City are favourites to win the competition - won by Real Madrid for the last three seasons - with Arteta claiming Guardiola has assembled the squad in the world.

Arteta feels that is a tag City should embrace, even though he feels holders Real Madrid are the real favourites.

"We have a fantastic momentum and there is still a lot of room for this club to grow - so I am very pleased with where I am". "They deal with every detail better than everyone else". But I do think the Champions League is going to be quite open this season.

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