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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said after the 3-3 draw against Celtic on Wednesday in the Champions League, that his side could learn something from the match.
City fell behind early at Celtic Park, as Moussa Dembele scored in the 3rd minute to give the Hoops the lead. Celtic took the lead three times in the game, but each time City found a way back, with Fernandinho, Raheem Sterling and Nolito finding the back of the net for the visitors. City is in great form, although the draw snapped a 10-game winning streak in all competitions. Guardiola believes his side can learn from the game against Celtic just how important it is to come out strong right from the first whistle.
“It was a fantastic game for the spectators. We scored three goals away and didn’t win,” Guardiola said. “We gave three goals but created three or four more clear chances.
“It was an amazing effort to recover from that situation in this stadium against a team who had lost three of their last 24 games here [in Champions League group stages].
“It was maybe a good lesson for us, how important it is to start well. It is not easy to recover one goal, imagine two, imagine three.
“It was mentally a shock at the start of each half, to concede a goal after two minutes. In the second half, aside from the first five or 10 minutes, we played well, we created chances.
“They scored three but didn’t make many more chances. We created enough chances to win the game.”
City takes on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday at White Hart Lane in a meeting between the top two teams in the Premier League standings.