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Champions League: James Milner hails Man City character after Bayern Munich win

James Milner: Thrilled with Man City's display after fighting back to beat Man City

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James Milner paid tribute to Manchester City's spirit after they came from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern jumped into a 2-0 lead through Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze inside the first 12 minutes.

David Silva pulled a goal back before half-time before an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty and Milner's 62nd-minute strike completed an unlikely comeback.

Milner – Win sends a message

While City were unable to push on for another goal which would have seen them displace Bayern at the top of the group, Milner felt there were a lot of positives to take from the game.

The midfielder believes that City showed they have the quality and desire to make an impact in the knockout stages.

"It says a lot about the dressing-room and the character of the players," he told Sky Sports.

"It was a terrible start and we gave away some sloppy goals.

"But to go to a place like this and go 2-0 down and then come back and win shows the character in this dressing-room.

"It was not enough to win the group but it shows the type of performance we need in the next round. We can come to a place like this and score goals.

"We wanted a bit of revenge after the first game (which City lost 3-1). It will give us a lot of belief.

"We will come up against a good team like Bayern (in the next round)."

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