Laporte taking lessons from Lyon draw
Aymeric Laporte believes Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Lyon will benefit his Manchester City side as the season progresses.
Les Gones are the only team to beat the Citizens this season, winning 2-1 at the Etihad back in September and were again the dominant force on home turf, twice taking the lead, only for the visitors to fight back on both occasions.
Laporte equalised Maxwel Cornet’s first effort before Sergio Aguero cancelled out the Ivorian’s second strike.
After seemingly hitting top gear with a string of comfortable performances, most notably Saturday’s 4-0 win at West Ham, Tuesday’s game was a bit of a reality check for the English champions.
With European glory arguably their main goal for the season, Laporte believes his side will benefit from their trip to the Groupama Stadium, as it has shown them there is no room for complacency.
He said: ‘What we learn from this is there are a lot of strong teams and if you want to fight for this European trophy you need to fight very hard.
‘All the teams are very competitive and demanding in this competition. That is our main challenge, to try to beat them all.’
Manchester City face Bournemouth on Saturday and with them unbeaten in the Premier League this season, punters may choose to use their free bet to back Pep Guardiola’s men to go all the way again in the English top flight.