Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes his side will still progress to the knockout stages of this year’s Champions League, despite losing their opening game.
In a pulsating game at the Real Madrid’s Bernabau stadium, City led twice through Edin Dzeko and Aleksandar Kolarov, before former Manchester United man Christiano Ronaldo scored a late winner.
But Mancini, who slapped down goalkeeper Joe Hart’s criticism of his and his teammates’ performances, accepts that progression will be difficult as they face Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
“It will be difficult and we know every match will be hard, but we should go through to the group stages this year,” the Italian told the club website.
“We cannot continue to defend this way and we need to resolve this problem quickly”.
Jose Mourinho’s side largely dominated in the first period, but City managed to make it to half-time at 0-0 – largely due to Hart’s shot stopping.
The Citizens took a shock lead through substitute Edin Dzeko, before Marcelo equalised with a
England number one Hart was scathing about his team’s defending, though Mancini suggested he should concentrate more on his goalkeeping than commenting on performance.
Hart said: "It's not on – you can't go 2-1 up and lose the game. We can only blame ourselves.”
Samir Nasri is a doubt to play former side Arsenal this weekend, after coming off in the first half with a suspected hamstring injury.