Pep Guardiola shrugged off Manchester City’s first defeat since April and praised his players’ performance against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.
City’s first defeat in any competition since April ended their 11-match winning streak away from home, although Pep Guardiola named an experimental team with an eye on Sunday’s Premier League derby at Manchester United.
Teenager Phil Foden became the youngest Englishman to start a Champions League game, while 20-year-old Tosin Adarabioyo was included from the start in defence and 18-year-old Brahim Diaz hit the post shortly after he came off the bench.
Foden and Diaz were both lively in attack, despite City failing to close Group F with a perfect record.
“Congratulations to them but we did it too [qualified for the knockout rounds],” Guardiola told BT Sport.
“We started really well but they countered magnificently for the first goal. The second goal we didn’t defend well but we fought.
“I’m so pleased for Tosin, Brahim and Phil for the way they played against a talented team like Shakhtar. We came here to win but we could not – but we tried.
“We were 2-0 down but we tried, we changed a bit and we created some good spaces outside but they defended well inside. But we did it [qualified] and I’m pleased and happy for the performance.”
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 6, 2017