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Manchester City's 3-2 loss to Real Madrid was not particularly surprising, but it was still notable.(via ESPN Soccernet)
In the end, it showed that City was not yet ready to challenge Europe's elite, for whatever reason. That much would be proven even more emphatically when the Champions League group stages ended.
The English side was under pressure for the majority of the game and would have been humiliated were it not for the heroics of Joe Hart.
What makes the loss even more interesting is that City went ahead twice. A side boasting that kind of quality should have been able to hold onto a lead for the last five minutes.
Roberto Mancini's tactical decision-making was again under question.
His move to a 3-man defense provided Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo with more space on the left and that's where the two most important goals, the equalizer and the winner, came from.