Micah Richards accepted Manchester City had been given a taste of their own medicine after being comprehensively outplayed by European champions Bayern Munich.
Just 10 days after thrashing Manchester United in a much-celebrated performance, City found themselves on the receiving end as they were crushed 3-1 by the Germans in the Champions League.
City contributed to their own downfall on a night of costly errors for the defence, and particularly goalkeeper Joe Hart, but there was no hiding from Bayern's mastery at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola's side dominated possession and were quick and clinical, playing a brand of brilliant football to which City aspire.
Richards, who was unexpectedly recalled for the match after an injury-hit past year, said: "They have some outstanding players and they played us off the park.
"Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say you were beaten by the better team.
"We want to play again quickly and get it out of our system.
"We are used to being better than everyone else. Without being cocky, we are used to playing nice football but we got taught a lesson.
"It is disappointing to be on the receiving end."
City were on the back foot from the seventh minute after Franck Ribery cut inside from the left and beat Hart with a long-range shot which the goalkeeper should have stopped.