"Since I've been at the club it's been excellent".
It was only the manager's second home defeat since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium in July 2016, and it was not a costly one, as they still went through to the quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate victory.
Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 12 home European matches.
The young Englishman, subject of so much attention on these shores given his unorthodox, forward-thinking approach to defending, struggled in his first year as a City player.
Extremely low-tempo showing needed more from an unbalanced-looking midfield of Yaya Toure, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden. "But playing in that competition with 10 against 11 for 55 minutes, like playing in the Champions League, you are always at risk". Nothing came of that. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
'The other ones just passed the ball. This game was an exercise in saving absent legs and giving fringe players a run out.
It's a case of getting this one out of the way for Stoke and move on.
City are now preparing for another Monday fixture as they travel to Stoke looking to take another stride towards the title.
DF John Stones, 6 - Still not anywhere close to the level he had reached before his injury.
'Of course the goal he scored will be good for his confidence'.
"I know everyone wants to anticipate the situation and what will happen", he said.
City haven't done the league double over Stoke since 1998-99, when they were in the third tier together.
"When men and women put on a pink ribbon it's because of the support for the breast cancer initiative", he said. The best example was two days ago. Disappointing lack of urgency and direction. We are new in that position, so of course we are so happy for that.
The frantic search for blame is a key part of football. United-Liverpool is one of the most exciting games by far.
City's passage into the quarter-finals was never in doubt but a second Champions League defeat of the season - Guardiola's men lost a dead rubber at Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage - may raise questions about their chances of claiming the Catalan's third European title.
City started brightly and took the lead through Gabriel Jesus after eight minutes following good work by Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva.