Man City's Pep Guardiola Says Thrilling Celtic Draw 'Will Be a Good Lesson' for His Team

Published on: 28 September 2016

Pep Guardiola has remained upbeat despite Manchester City's 10 consecutivematch-winning run coming to an end on Wednesdayagainst Celtic, after the Glasgow club held the Sky Blues to an astonishing 3-3 draw.

Although City struggled defensively for large parts of the game, they showed great character coming from a goal behind on three separate occasions and Guardiola, speaking at thepost match press conference, believes it will stand his team in good stead for the remainder of the season.

"Sometimes it happens during the season you go behind. It's not easy to recover one goal, imagine two, imagine three.It's a shock mentally when after two minutes you concede a goal," the City manager said after the game.

"Europe is special, the teams are so strong, it doesn't matter where. And the opponents here Celtic -- it's an amazing environment and the fans ... we knew that."

On a night of high drama, the strangest statistic belonged to the Manchester City equalisers,which were all scored exactly eight minutes after Celtic had taken the lead each time.

Goals from Fernandinho, RaheemSterling and Nolito helped drag City back into the game and despite some heavy late pressure, Celtic held on to become the first team not to lose to the English Premier League leaders this season.

Guardiola was quick to praise both sides, highlighting City's resilience on thenight:"It was a fantastic game for the spectators. We scored three goals away but we didn't win. The team gave an amazing effort to recover that situation, it wasn't easy here in this stadium where in the last 24 games at home they've lost just three."

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"Here, prestigious teams in Europe find it difficult to win. Manchester City don't have the history in Europe - we have to create it and it will maybe be a good lesson for our future how important it is to start well."

Manchester City face another tricky away game next in the league, travelling to second placed Tottenham, who themselves have alsostarted to find a consistent winning formula. Much had been made about City's 100% record this season and exactly how long it could go on for - the 10 match run fell agonisingly short of the club record 11 games, but the City boss remained pragmatic.

When asked how Guardiola felt about his perfect record finally coming to an end, he replied:"I'm pretty sure they know we are not going to win every game this season. It is impossible.We didn't lose the match. In the Champions League you cannot dominate for 90 minutes."