Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will one day snap their European hoodoo as their Champions League journey was ended by Lyon.
Two late goals from Moussa Dembele helped the French side secure a shock 3-1 win and advance to the semi-finals.
City paid the price for a lacklustre first-half but were more like themselves in the second period and can feel aggrieved they didn't go on and win.
Their defeat can be attributed to a hugely contentious refereeing decision and a shocking miss from Raheem Sterling when the game was still in the balance.
It means that Guardiola has still not taken City past the quarter final stages, but he was adamant that they will eventually crack the European scene.
"One day we will break this gap," he told BT Sport. "The second half was OK, I had a feeling we were better but you have to be perfect in these competitions.
"I don't want to talk about the circumstances [of Dembele's first goal], it looks like I'm complaining or finding excuses. We are out. We did a lot of good things and in the end it was not enough.
"We made mistakes in both boxes at key moments and that's why we are out. We scored a magnificent goal but unfortunately we missed another one. You have to be perfect, you cannot make mistakes."
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City failed to create many clear cut chances in the opening 45 and were wasteful as the game went on.
Guardiola has known success in the Champions League with Barcelona but last lifted the trophy in 2011.
And he spoke of the fine margins that can often decide the tight affairs.
He added: "In this competition, we know we can do many things but we have to be serious in the boxes and not concede these goals. The statistics show that we were good, we did more than they other ones in terms of everything but it was not enough."
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