Midfielder Gareth Barry feels Manchester City can take much pride from their painful defeat at Real Madrid in a thrilling Champions League opener.

The Barclays Premier League title-holders went down 3-2 after conceding twice in the final three minutes. Karim Benzema and former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo struck in a dramatic fightback after Aleksandar Kolarov looked to have snatched an unlikely City win six minutes from time.

That late drama came at the end of a remarkable 22-minute period in which all five goals were scored, Edin Dzeko first putting City ahead against the run of play before a Marcelo equaliser. Barry said: "We knew they were going to have the ball for long periods. We didn't set out to frustrate them but we set out to work hard and hit them on the counter-attack."

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