TAKE THE POSITIVES

The Manchester city midfielder Gareth Barry has said that he hopes that the club take the positives from the 3-2 defeat in the hands of Real Madrid in the opening group stage match in the Champions League.

Manchester city had a tough draw in the Champions League last time around, while they have been dealt a huge blow this time around as well because they will be facing the likes of Dortmund and Real Madrid. They were facing the Spanish champions Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. However, they managed to stun the home crowd by taking a lead in the second half through Edin Dzeko with only a few minutes remaining.

Real Madrid, though, managed to not only come back once, but twice in the match. They even managed to win the match through a goal from the star attacker Cristiano Ronaldo in the dying moments of the match. This meant that Roberto Mancini's men returned home with no points on the board after the first group match. However, the former Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry has said that this match can be utilised properly by the team if they take the positives out of it. Manchester city will be facing Dortmund in the next group match.

"We knew they were going to have the ball for long periods. We didn't set out to frustrate them but we set out to work hard and hit them on the counter-attack. As we showed throughout the game we are pretty dangerous. Yaya (Toure) had a great chance and if that goes in it is 2-0 and a different game. We played a good game and there are a lot of positives but overall we are disappointed," said Gareth Barry after the match. City have made a poor start to the season after conceding many goals.