Sep 30, 2016

    Celtic draw 'best way to learn' for City: Pep


    MANCHESTER City manager Pep Guardiola expressed hope that his players would learn their lesson after losing their 100 per cent season record in a spectacular 3-3 Champions League draw at Celtic.

    Aiming to equal Tottenham Hotspur's English record of 11 straight wins at the start of a season, City had to come from behind three times to earn a point in Wednesday's Group C clash in Glasgow.

    City reached the semi-finals under Manuel Pellegrini last season but, not for the first time, Guardiola pointed to their current shortcomings as a sign of their callowness in continental competition.

    "This club was 25, 26 years without playing in Europe and last year was the first time to go further than the quarter-finals," he told reporters at Celtic Park.

    "So that will be a good lesson. Europe is special, teams are so strong. It doesn't matter where. The opponent here, Celtic, is an amazing environment, with the fans, and we knew that.

    "We had many, many chances to win the game. We scored three goals in Europe away and we created three or four more clear chances.

    "So it's a pity, but that is the best way to learn. "