Pep Guardiola claims a first defeat of the season will be good for Manchester City – and is confident there will be no hangover when they head to Old Trafford on Sunday.
The runaway Premier League leaders saw a 20-game winning run come to an end against Shakhtar Donetsk – losing 2-1 in Kharkiv on Wednesday night.
They face Manchester United this weekend in a game that looks pivotal to the title race.
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And Guardiola believes Manchester City will bounce back from their first setback in what has been an outstanding start to the campaign.
“We needed to lose a game, it will be good for the club, for all of us and the media,” he said. “People say things when you win a lot and you can forget that now.”
Guardiola named a much-changed side, but still fielded a starting XI that cost more than £280m to assemble.
“It hurts,” he added. “It is never nice to lose a game. We played to win until the end. Now it’s about recovery and preparing for the next game.
“We lose a game despite our professionalism. We have said many time we cannot win all the time, we are going to lose games.
“Today was the first. Now we have to recover, it is another competition, the Premier League. We had done the job one month ago.
FT: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Manchester City (Bernard 26', Ismaily 32' / Aguero 90+2')
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“We saw many good things. We made mistakes and we are going to improve on that. Football is how you recover in the good moments and bad moments to stay stable.
“Now we prepare for Sunday and then after that think about Swansea and Tottenham. The world is not going to finish on Sunday. It doesn’t matter what is going to happen.”
Shakhtar manager Paulo Fonseca turned up for his post-match press conference in a full Zorro outfit after promising to wear the costume if his side could overcome Manchester City.