Pep Guardiola says Lyon are one of the toughest teams he has faced after Manchester City made it through the group with a 2-2 draw. Aymeric Laporte and Sergio Aguero struck as City twice came from behind to qualify for the Champions League last 16 with the hard-fought point.
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The outstanding Maxwel Cornet grabbed both goals for the hosts, who outplayed the Premier League champions for large spells at the Groupama Stadium.
Speaking afterwards Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Lyon and also to his own players for getting the job done. “We are so delighted and so happy,” he told BT Sport.
“They’re one of the toughest teams I have ever faced. They’re physical, they’re strong and their counter-attacking is incredible.
“People say the French league is just PSG, but they are so wrong. Always in my career when I play against French teams, they are so physical. That’s why they’re world champions. They all have quality, they don’t lose the ball, they’re so strong and they’re fast.
“It’s so complicated which is why I give lots of credit to my team.”