Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says Juventus were “lucky” after the Italian champions condemned the Premier League leaders to a 2-1 defeat in their opening Champions League game.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side took the lead through Giorgio Chiellini’s own goal but the visitors hit back through Mario Mandzukic and Alvaro Morata to secure all three points at the Etihad Stadium.
The defeat is City’s first of the season, after they had stormed to five consecutive Premier League wins without conceding a goal, and Toure believes his side played well.
“I think they’ve been lucky today, I don’t think we played so bad. I think we missed a little bit of luck today,” he told BT Sport . “I think we just have to be strong and try to bounce back in the next game.”
The result continues City’s recent poor form in European competition but Toure insists City can bring their current Premier League form into the Champions League.
“We just missed the luck today and we have a couple of changes but they’ve been brave and what we have to do is learn from Europe and try to do it better in the next game,” he added.
Pellegrini also rued his side’s luck and insists his side were the better team, although he did take time out to praise the Serie A side’s goals.
“It’s disappointing, I don’t think we deserved to lose,” he explained.
“We had better chances and played better than Juventus. It was a typical Champions League game, both teams didn’t create many chances but we had more possession.
“It was not a tactical problem, Juventus just scored two beautiful goals.”