Video - Pellegrini upbeat despite Man City defeat
Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal as Juventus leapfrogged Manchester City in Champions League Group D with a 1-0 win in Turin.
The Croatian struck after 18 minutes at the Juventus Stadium as the home side not only secured their place in the last 16 but put themselves in pole position to claim top spot.
The Italians were good value for their victory, with reported City target Paul Pogba outstanding, but the injury-hit visitors had a host of chances in an entertaining contest.
Substitute Raheem Sterling had one of the best of them as he shot wide late on while Fernando had a header turned onto the post and Fernandinho blasted over when well placed.
City again looked vulnerable in defence without captain Vincent Kompany and are still missing the craft of David Silva while Sergio Aguero is not fully match-fit. They will also be concerned to have lost Joe Hart to injury late on.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini did his best to offer an upbeat view of his side's efforts, even though they could face a tough test in the last-16 if they finish second i their group.
These were the views of City midfielder Yaya Toure as he spoke to BT Sport: