After Pep Guardiola’s side were dumped out of the competition, the Belgian found time to praise one of his opponents.
Kevin De Bruyne has cited Houssem Aouar as the Lyon player who impressed him most during Manchester City ’s shock champions League exit to the Ligue 1 side on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men suffered a 3-1 loss in Lisbon, despite the best efforts of the Belgium international playmaker, who squared the match up with a composed finish after being the recipient of a cut back from Raheem Sterling.
Prior to that, Maxwel Cornet had pounced to give Lyon the advantage, while the French side cut free in the last 11 minutes, countering effectively to score twice through substitute Moussa Dembele to put the match out of reach.
It was not, however, the goal scorers who impressed De Bruyne the most.
“I don’t watch a lot of French football,” De Bruyne admitted to RMC. “But if I had to pick it one name, for me it would be Houssem Aouar. Today, he played a good game.”