Kevin De Bruyne has revealed how the Manchester City dressing room was subdued in the aftermath of their shock 3-2 defeat by Norwich on Saturday.
The Premier League champions were deservedly beaten at Carrow Road as the injury-hit Canaries earned the most famous of victories.
Teemu Pukki’s sixth goal of the season proved to be the winner and, despite goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodri, a first defeat since January leaves Pep Guardiola’s side five points behind leaders Liverpool.
De Bruyne, who was introduced from the bench with just over an hour to go, has now revealed just what happened in the dressing room after the full-time whistle.
So, was there a dressing down by Guardiola, or were players at each other’s throats in the wake of the defeat?
It appears not.
“Nobody was shouting or angry with each other,” said De Bruyne to the Manchester Evening News.
“You know, everybody makes mistakes – it gets magnified when you lose. You also make mistakes when you win.
“In the end, people may be a little bit down. You pick them up as a team and you go on to Wednesday and try to win the game because it’s important to win the away game at Shakhtar.
City had not lost any of their previous 25 matches against promoted sides – a run stretching back to 2015 – and this was only a second win for Norwich over the reigning champions in 15 games.
“It’s never nice but you have to put it into perspective,” De Bruyne continued. “The teams against us, they’re going to try to do everything to win the game and make it difficult and Saturday was nothing else.
“Nothing is lost. We’ve played five games so far and there’s such a long long, long time to go. But yeah, we are points behind and we know that.
“There’s no point dwelling on myself or blaming other people, you know. It’s 14 people who played and the team didn’t win, and did not do well enough and you go on to Wednesday.
“Wednesday comes so quick and then it’s Saturday and it’s Tuesday again. I think you just have to get on with what you’re doing it, there’s no point crying about what happened.”