"I think we saw what we expected in the first half, a dominant City side with us organised, had our moments," he told BT Sport.
"When we played we were really in the game and caused them some problems as well, scored a wonderful goal. We had another big counter-attacking moment where we could have played it better.
"So 1-1 at half-time. We can show the boys what to do, where to defend them because the key areas are clear.
"If we don't defend the double six we have a real problem. If we don't defend the double 10 - Gundogan and De Bruyne - then it is pretty much impossible because the pitch becomes too big.
"We concede this first goal with I think an open ball in midfield where we don't even have a challenge then we are too deep and the counter-attack happens, great play. 2-1.