Pep: City will bounce back
Manchester City lost for the first time since April as they came unstuck against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday.
City side were beaten 2-1 by the impressive Ukrainian champions in freezing conditions at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv. The result was actually of little significance for City, having already secured top spot in Group F, but it was hardly ideal preparation for Sunday's derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The defeat ended City's club record run of 20 successive wins and was also their first defeat in 29 games since April's FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal. It hurts. It is never nice to lose a game. But we have said many times we cannot win all the time, we are going to lose games. We needed to lose a game.
Shakhtar's victory secured second place in the Champions League group stages.