Midfielder Gareth Barry accepts Manchester City may have to curb some of their attacking instincts to succeed against Europe's elite teams after opening their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Napoli.
A free-kick from Serbia international Aleksandar Kolarov spared Barry's blushes after he was caught in possession 10 yards outside Napoli's penalty area and could only watch as Christian Maggio raced downfield to set up Edison Cavani to open the scoring.
"There are a lot of things we have learned. It was a different style of game to what we are used to in the Premier League," the 30-year-old said.
"We have started the Premier League very well but this is a different style of game, it just doesn't happen like that.
"The first few games we have maybe been a lot more open than we were last season but it is the team the manager sends out.
"There are a lot of attacking players out there and now and again you can get picked off on the break.
"We got exactly the sort of game we expected. They defended very well and we knew about their counter-attacking style.
"When they got a chance they broke in numbers and very quickly. We'll look back at the video but there are things we can learn.
"On another day we cold have put three or four past them and it would have been a different game.
"But we have to be wary of attacking in numbers as we do at home and we are going to have to adapt from the way we play in the Premier League because it is a completely different game."
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