Manchester City  midfielder Yaya Toure  has said their defeat to Spanish Champions Real Madrid  at Santiago Bernabeu doesn't spells end to their European hopes, and added the close match shows the team is improving constantly in big competitions.
Roberto Mancini's men lost 3-2 after conceding two goals in the last four minutes including Cristiano Ronaldo's 90th-minute winner.
The defeat has left the City boss seething and he knows they face an uphill struggle to qualify from Group D, also called the Group of Death.
But Toure reckons the fact the Blues came so close to a famous win proves they are now dining at the top table of European football.
"It was a big improvement on last year and our -Champions League away games. Here we were playing against a fantastic team. Madrid are a great club with a great history," the Daily Star quoted Toure, as saying.
"This was a good test for us, to see what level we are at and to see where we want to go. This shows that City are continuing to improve and continuing to learn in Europe. We still have a lot of young players. Okay, so we lost, but they will have gained a lot from a night like this," he added.
Toure further said: "We still have a lot of games to get the points we need. It's really important that we do better than last year and get to the knockout -stages, to prove we are developing as a -European team."
"It was not like group games I have played in before. This had the feel of a quarterfinal or semi-final of the Champions League. To lose is always disappointing, of course. But, for us, it was a fantastic game to be involved in," he concluded. (ANI )