Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has said that German side, Bayern Munich, taught the Citizens a vital lesson during last night's UEFA Champions League Group D clash at the Etihad.
European champions Bayern powered their way to a controlled win over the City boys, with attacking power from Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben, to finish 3-1.
Errors from goalkeeper Joe Hart, expected first-choice goalkeeper for the England Squad which will be announced this afternoon, proved costly for the Citizens - but they did bite back with a reply from Alvaro Negredo who ensured the team finished strongly.
The result has ensured table leaders Bayern are clear at the top of the Group D table, and even after two games, it seems that City will have a battle on their hands for second place with their next opponents CSKA Moscow.
Pellegrini admitted the match last night was a world away from the side that thrashed Manchester United just ten days ago.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Pellegrini said: "We played very bad. Bayern Munich played a very good game as always. We learned an important lesson in their goals.
"We didn't have enough time with the ball at our feet.
"I think that we were playing in a different way. They had possession of the ball and I don't think we can make the change to fight that.
"I always think a lot of things before and after the match. It was a possibility, but I thought this was the best way to play.
"I will talk about that with the players in private.
"All the games are very important. This was an important game to see what level we are playing at."
Pellegrini added that he will only talk about the team, not the players individually.
Despite goalkeeper Joe Hart conceding three goals, Pellegrini insists the team as a whole could have played better.
"That was not the team we are seeing every Sunday here in the Premier League and that was the worst thing," he said.
"Bayern always had a lot of possession but that was not a good day for us.
"The three goals - I think we can do better, not only the goalkeeper.
"But you can concede goals to Bayern Munich because they are a strong team."
Manchester City will play Everton in their next Premier League clash on Saturday, with their next Champions League fixture against third in the table CSKA Moscow.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: https://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms