We must learn from this, insists Toure after Man City snatch defeat from jaws of victory
10:49 GMT, 19 September 2012
Manchester City star Yaya Toure has called for his team-mates to heed the lessons from Tuesday night's agonising defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.
City led 2-1 in the Bernabeu with just three minutes left on the clock, but late strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo saw Roberto Mancini's side lose their opening Champions League group game.
Midfielder Toure praised Real for coming back to win, but backed City to 'grow' from the result.
Dejected: Toure called on City to learn from their defeat at the Bernabeu
Heartbreaker: Barry (right) reacts after the game
'I have to admit that Madrid are a great team and they made this a very difficult game for us,' the 29-year-old Ivorian told uefa.com.
'We were always aware that they could respond as they were playing at home in front of their own fans. It’s not easy at all to come here and win.
'I think that we will continue to grow and learn after a night like this. It’s important that we continue working hard because the games coming up for us in this competition are going to be very important.'
Toure's fellow midfielder Gareth Barry revealed that the City dressing room was devastated after the game.
'It was probably a great spectacle to watch with five goals but in the dressing room afterwards we were all deflated, especially after having played such a good game,' he said.
'When we got the second goal we knew there wasn’t long left but we were playing in front of a big crowd and against a great team. Conceding two late goals will take us a while to get over.'
Barry added: 'It’s tough when you lose your first match but we have confidence in our squad. We will need a couple of big wins now which I am sure we are capable of.'