Guardiola Consoles Crying Daughter As Lyon Humble Manchester City In Etihad
Suspended Manchester City Boss, Pep Guardiola, who had to watch on in horror from the stands as City’s Champions League campaign got off to the worst possible start in a 2-1 home defeat by Lyon on Wednesday, was also spotted consoling his devastated daughter Valentina Guardiola at the end of the shocking defeat to the French side.
Guardiola was serving a touchline ban for being sent-off in last season’s quarter-final exit to Liverpool and the competition favourites failed to live up to their billing.
Maxwel Cornet and Nabil Fekir fired Lyon into a 2-0 half-time lead and despite Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back, City slumped to their first defeat of the season.
A decade into their stewardship, winning the Champions League for the first time may remain the holy grail for City’s Abu Dhabi owners.
But it seems City’s fans still need to be convinced with plenty of empty seats dotted around the Etihad and the Champions League anthem again booed before kick-off.
That flat atmosphere transferred into City’s first-half display as Guardiola could only sit and watch a performance riddled with uncharacteristic basic errors from the Premier League champions.
The City manager, who was clearly frustrated as his side surrendered two goals after poor defensive errors from Fabian Delph and Fernandinho, was also in the right place at the right time to comfort his young daughter who appears inconsolable.
Cameras in the moments after the full-time whistle captured Guardiola and his family rushing towards the exit — but the manager had to stop and comfort his daughter.
The young girl could be seen crying and clearly upset after the defeat.
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