Aymeric Laporte comes out fight following Man City’s Champions League exit
Defiant Aymeric Laporte has vowed not to hide following the defensive horror show that led to Manchester City ’s Champions League exit.
The Spanish defender spoke out with his expensively-assembled side and boss Pep Guardiola vilified for their failure to go beyond the quarter-final stage yet again.
Laporte had been fouled by Moussa Dembele before the Lyon substitute went on to beat the offside trap and score their second in the 3-1 win.
Laporte said: “Just to be clear: I will not hide, I'm a football player but a man foremost, we all made mistakes in this game, and I also take my responsibility for the bad team performance tonight.
“But this decision is hard to accept, especially in a crucial qualifier AND with the help of VAR.”
Laporte posted footage of support for him in the BT Sport studio from Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker and added: “Can't say @rioferdy5 is a big City fan, is he ?”
Ferdinand had said in his analysis: “If I’m on that pitch I think that’s a definite foul. It’s got to be.”
Lineker replied: “He’s the one that’s gone on to score.”
Ferdinand added: “There’s 100 per cent contact. I don’t understand how they can’t call that. There will be people citing conspiracy theories if they are City fans but I believe that’s a foul there and the man goes on to score the goal as well.”
After the contest Guardiola refuses to look for excuses despite failing to get past the last eight of the competition once again.
He said: "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."
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