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Man City fullback Zinchenko: Lyon wanted it more; Pep didn't speak to us

Manchester City fullback Oleksandr Zinchenko admits the players didn't hear from manager Pep Guardiola after their Champions League defeat to Lyon.

City once again suffered elimination at the quarter-final stage for a third season in a row, but had been heavily tipped to finally break their European curse during the mini-tournament in Lisbon.

Zinchenko told his partner, Vlada Seden, on her YouTube channel: "Guardiola didn't even enter the locker room, and didn't say a word after the match. What is there to say, if everything is clear?

"It's a shame for David Silva and Claudio Bravo - they played their last match for Manchester City. We wanted to win first of all for them."

Zinchenko also believes that Lyon were able to ease into the final four of the competition due to their "excessive desire".

"They wanted it more than we did, that's all," Zinchenko admitted. "It was visible.

"At this stage, in such tournaments, the skill of the team does not always play a leading role - desire, character, and such qualities come to the fore instead."

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