Pep Guardiola admitted that Chelsea were better in spurts after Manchester City's 2-0 defeat, their first loss in the league this season.
Guardiola said that his side must be more incisive in front of goal despite missing Sergio Aguero, and that the lesson of losing a match by giving up one chance after dictating possession will serve them well in Europe.
“That is the level of the Champions League", Guardiola said, before adding that "people say Manchester City is favourite for the Champions League but this is the [level of the] Champions League – they [Chelsea] had one chance and scored one goal. The opponents are so good, so clever. That is what’s going to happen in the future in the bigger stages.”
The loss moves Manchester City one point behind league leaders Liverpool.