Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva admitted the 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk was not what they were expecting on Wednesday night.
City slumped to their first defeat of the season in their final Champions League Group F game.
First-half goals from Brazilian pair Bernard and Ismaily stunned Pep Guardiola’s side on a freezing night at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, with Sergio Aguero’s injury-time penalty too late to affect the outcome.
The result mattered little for City, with top place in the group already assured, but the tame end to their dazzling 20-game winning streak was hardly the ideal preparation for this weekend’s Manchester derby.
Silva told BT Sport: “The game didn’t go as we expected, in the first half they were better than us and it was a deserved win for them.
“In the second half we tried to come back, had our chances, but we are not happy. Even though we had already qualified, we wanted the three points.
“We have played against some amazing teams this season, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal and we did well. In the Champions League you never know what will happen and we will see what happens.
“We will try our best to win all the competitions. Today it was a big opportunity for most of the players that are not playing as much as the others. I hope we can win at the weekend (against Manchester United), this is a really important match for us.”