Midfielder Gareth Barry feels Manchester City can take much pride from its painful defeat at Real Madrid.
The Premier League title-holder went down 3-2 in its eagerly-anticipated UEFA Champions League opener at the
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That late drama came at the end of a remarkable 22-minute period in which all five goals were scored,
Barry said: "We knew they were going to have the ball for long periods.
"We didn't set out to frustrate them but we set out to work hard and hit them on the counter-attack. As we showed throughout the game we are pretty dangerous.
"We played a good game and there are a lot of positives but overall we are disappointed.
"Playing away is always tough in the Champions League. To have got so close to the three points is disappointing but there is great stuff we can take from it."
City had inspired goalkeeper
He also denied
Marcelo narrowly missed the target twice early in the second half but finally found his range, with the aid of a possible deflection off
Kolarov's free-kick evaded Xabi Alonso to put City ahead for a second time but Real roused magnificently in the dying stages.
Hart even saved from Ronaldo again with the score at 2-2 but the Portuguese could not be denied his goal as
Barry, who had been making his first start of the season after recovering from an abdominal injury, said: "Even at 2-1 we knew it was going to be a lot of hard work.
"There were still five minutes plus injury-time, so a lot can happen, particularly against a great time like that.
"But having gone 2-1 up you're not expected to lose the game then, so we were pretty down at the end.
"We are scoring a lot of goals but conceding at the same time. I am sure as the season goes on that is something we can work on.
"There were a couple of deflected goals and it is tough for the goalkeeper once they have got their shot away."
City is now playing catch-up in the tough-looking Group D, which is comprised of domestic champions.
It faces Borussia Dortmund at the
Barry, 31, said: "We matched them and on another day could have come away with the three points.
"I am sure it will be a great game when they come to the
City must now try to put the game out of its mind as it continue its Premier League title defence with a visit from Arsenal this weekend.
Midfielder Toure said: "It was a pity because we had the victory very close and we lost it with two goals in the last two minutes.
"Let's see what we can do next game, which will be very important for us.
"Real Madrid is always Real Madrid. They really wanted to win, with the support of their fans. They have a great team, with a great coach."
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