Edin Dzeko said Manchester City lack experience after their 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid despite leading with five minutes to go.
Roberto Mancini’s men took the lead in the second half as the marauding Yaya Toure fed Dzeko through on goal, with the Bosnian sliding the ball past Iker Casillas, but Marcelo soon equalised with a deflected effort.
Aleksandar Kolarov restored City’s advantage in the 85th minute but two even later goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo saw the hosts claim the three points, a fact that bitterly disappointed Dzeko.
The striker told Sky Sports: “We led 1-0 and then 2-1, then we gave away these two goals at the end.
“This shouldn’t have happened because if you want to win big trophies you shouldn’t lose this game. I hope we can get stronger because it was almost like we had not enough experience.
“We were 2-1 and in three or four minutes we gave away two goals. It was too easy. Too easy.”
Meanwhile, Yaya Toure was equally puzzled.
The former Barcelona man told reporters: “It was a pity, because we had the victory very close and we lost it with two goals in the last two minutes. Let’s see what we can do next game, which will be very important for us.”
Toure went on to praise City’s opponents on the night, hailing their determination as well as the home support and Jose Mourinho, who he labelled as ‘great’.
He added: “Real Madrid is always Real Madrid. They really wanted to win, with the support of their fans. They have a great team, with a great coach.”