Manchester City’s Rico Lewis has provided an honest assessment of the calamitous opening 45 minutes in their 3-2 UEFA Champions League win over RB Leipzig.
The reigning European champions came from 0-2 behind at the half-time interval to win 3-2 this week, and claim top spot in their Champions League group with one game to spare having won all five of their contests so far.
A Lois Openda brace put Pep Guardiola’s side in danger of taking the fate of their group down to matchday six, before goals from Erling Haaland, Phil Foden, and Julian Alvarez maintained their 100 per cent winning start to their latest European adventure.
Speaking after the game, Rico Lewis admitted that while the Manchester City side on the night were not ‘where they should have been’, it is important to remember that last season’s Treble winners are ‘not robots’ when referring to their underwhelming opening half performance.
The 19-year-old explained after the contest on Tuesday night, “Obviously no one is perfect, we’re not robots, we can have days like that. First-half we weren’t where we should have been, but great character to have that second-half.”
Rico Lewis is taking his own personal performances to a new level this season, having offered his talents in both an advanced midfield role and defensive position, starring in UEFA Champions League matches away from home against both RB Leipzig and BSC Young Boys.
The Bury-born defender could have had a goal of his own on Tuesday night, having squandered a brilliant opportunity in the first-half after some initial individual play to cut inside past his Bundesliga opponents.
Lewis and his Manchester City teammates return to action on Sunday afternoon when they host Tottenham Hotspur in a mammoth tie at the top of the Premier League table, with Arsenal currently leading the pack heading into the weekend’s scheduling.
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