Manuel Pellegrini was left confused as he failed to spot that Manchester City were a goal away from topping UEFA Champions League Group D.
The Premier League side recovered from a poor start at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, as German and European champions Bayern Munich raced into a 2-0 lead after just 12 minutes.
Goals from David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov and James Milner ultimately gave City a come-from-behind 3-2 win, but Pellegrini could yet rue his failure to push on for a fourth - apparently misunderstanding that City needed just a single goal to climb to the summit.
Both teams had already qualified for the last 16 but had City registered a 4-2 scoreline, as they almost did through substitute Alvaro Negredo late on, they would have topped the table by virtue of a superior head-to-head record - bettering Bayern's 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium in October.
With one eye on Saturday's crucial Premier League clash with Arsenal, Pellegrini rested a number of key first-teamers, with captain Vincent Kompany, Negredo and his strike partner Sergio Aguero all named among the substitutes.
After the match, Pellegrini was asked whether he considered bringing Aguero on to chase top place in the group and suggested that a fourth goal would have seen the Argentina international introduced - before focusing on the need to withdraw the excellent Silva after 70 minutes of the playmaker's return from a calf injury.
Instead, at 3-2, midfielder Jack Rodwell was brought on for striker Edin Dzeko as the visitors shut up shop.
"I was tempted (to bring Aguero on) if we scored a fourth goal, that's why I sent Aguero to warm up," Pellegrini told Sky Sports.
"Also, I think it was a risk to continue with Silva, for him to play more than 70 minutes.
"I repeat for our team it is very important to be the first in the group, but not the most important thing.
"It was difficult to score two (more) goals and I think that Silva, after being out, could not play more than 70 minutes."
The confusion somewhat unfairly took the focus off a sensational comeback that prevented Bayern from become only the sixth team in Champions League history to progress from the group stages with a 100 per cent record - something that appeared a formality after early goals from Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze.
City, who suffered the ignominy of failing to win a single match in last season's competition, reduced the arrears through Silva before Kolarov's penalty levelled matters with 59 minutes played.
Milner was brought down by Dante for the spot kick, having claimed the assist for Silva's close-range effort, and he completed a superb individual display by clinically dispatching Jesus Navas' cross to seal the points.
"I think it says a lot about the dressing room and the players we have and the character we have," Milner added.
"It was a terrible start from us, sloppy goals, and they looked like they were going to walk away with it.
"To come to a place like this, go two down against that sort of side and come back and win shows how much character there is in the dressing room.”
for M. Götze 55'
for M. Mandžukić 68'
|Aguero eyes further goal joy against Spurs|
|Deeney the perfect partner for Vardy and Kane with England, says Flores|
|Sirigu wanted PSG exit|
|Bordeaux suspend Prior and Sane|
|Saul in no rush to leave Atletico|
|Bilic: West Ham close to Payet deal|
|Martinez rubbishes Jagielka exit talk|
|Tomkins to miss five weeks with calf injury|
|Sunderland to drop Johnson for United match|
|Martinez: Title Leicester´s to lose|
|Xhaka tempted by Premier League switch|
|Carragher proud of Liverpool ticket-price U-turn|
|Mourinho and United a perfect match - McCarthy|
|Blanc extends PSG contract|
|Pulis heaps praise on Peterborough|
|Toranzo did not lose toes - Huracan president|
|Willian expects Terry to depart Chelsea|
|Mexico 2 Senegal 0: Duenas, Pizarro inspire win|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Sao Paulo, Racing qualify for group stages|
|Liverpool should be transparent with Sturridge injuries - Owen|
|FFA hands Wanderers fine and suspended points deduction|
|Luis Enrique: I had to give my voice a rest|
|Silva: I was not kicked off Marseille team bus|
|Blanc could sign PSG renewal by end of week|
|PSG drawn against familiar foes Saint-Etienne in Coupe de France|
|Neville confident Valencia fans will be back|
|Guardiola praises beaten Bochum|
|Coupe de France Review: Ibrahimovic sends PSG through, Nantes win thriller|
|I love penalties - West Brom´s shootout hero Foster|
|Ross County 0 Hearts 3: Dauda dazzles in valuable victory|
|Bayern Munich avoid Borussia Dortmund in DFB-Pokal semi-finals|
|FC Heidenheim 2 Hertha Berlin 3: Ibisevic at the double in DFB-Pokal|
|Hart: We will fight for Pellegrini all the way|
|Peterborough United 1 West Brom 1 (aet, 3-4 on pens): Foster spares Premier League team´s blushes|
|Paris Saint-Germain 3 Lyon 0: Ibrahimovic fires holders into last eight|
|Valencia 1 Barcelona 1 (1-8 agg): Kaptoum breaks record with late leveller|
|Bochum 0 Bayern Munich 3: Lewandowski double helps book semi-final spot|
|Colour clash forces Stoke to produce new kit|
|Hernandez to miss Darmstadt match with muscle injury|
|Stoichkov backs ´smart guy´ Neymar to stay at Barcelona|
|FSG´s letter of apology to Liverpool fans in full|
|Huracan bus overturns following Copa Libertadores clash|
|Liverpool scrap ticket price increases following fan backlash|
|Oviedo hopeful of new Everton contract|
|Zoff: Juventus-Napoli a Scudetto match|
|Bolton chairman Phil Gartside dies aged 63|
|Palermo turn to Bosi after Barros Schelotto exit|
|Ben Arfa considered retirement from football during exile|
|Bilic: We paid the price for cup progress|
|Griezmann happy to stay at Atletico|
|Wales to face Sweden in final Euro 2016 warm-up|
|Varela hopeful of long United career|
|Ki: I had ice on my face for two days|
|Niasse settling in well, could face West Brom - Martinez|
|Stevens leaves Hoffenheim on health grounds and retires|
|Diaby nearing return after near 18-month lay-off|
|Nasri would love to finish career at Manchester City|
|Captain Howedes extends Schalke stay|
|M´Vila keen to stay if Sunderland survive|
|Johnson admits child sex and grooming charges|
|Amazing Mahrez is one of Premier League´s best - Ulloa|
|Ronaldo, Messi rivalry good for football - Zidane|
|Barros Schelotto leaves Palermo|
|Age is just a number - Ilori defends Klopp´s team selection|
|Messi, Suarez and Neymar rested for Copa second leg|
|Madrid can dream of trophies under Zidane - Raul|
|Ancelotti: Italy job is a decade away|
|Reus will become a monster, says Dortmund boss Tuchel|
|Young Tottenham stars don´t know their limits - Lloris|
|Niang happy at Milan despite Leicester interest|
|Ticket price rise means more tourist fans, warns football supporters chairman|
|Ogbonna revels in first West Ham goal|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Huracan, River Plate advance to group stages|
|Klopp backs Benteke to rediscover goalscoring form|
|Turan will not leave Barca for China - agent|
|Beating Chelsea more difficult without Mourinho - Motta|
|Tuchel praises Dortmund for ´perfect game´|
|Klopp rues Liverpool wastefulness in FA Cup loss|
|Allegri: Chelsea rumours unfounded|
|Bilic feels weight of history after Liverpool win|
|Coupe de France Review: Second tier Sochaux stun Ligue 1 Monaco|
|West Ham 2 Liverpool 1 (aet): Ogbonna sinks Klopp´s men in cup thriller|
|Football League Review: Rhodes rescues a point to send Boro top|
|Stuttgart 1 Borussia Dortmund 3: Aubameyang helps Tuchel´s men into last four|
|Kyle Allen blames chaotic Texas A&M culture on Johnny Manziel era|
|Dortmund fans stage protest against ticket prices for Stuttgart game|
|Bayer Leverkusen 1 Werder Bremen 3: 10-man hosts dumped out|
|Ferdinand fears title wilderness for United|
|Carvalho lands new Sporting deal with €45m buy-out clause|
|Ben Arfa out for at least four weeks with hamstring injury|
|Neville´s Valencia woes welcomed by Crespo|
|Ozil key to Arsenal´s title hopes - Rosicky|
|Zika threat could keep Solo from Rio Olympics|
|Blanc pleased to have solved David Luiz matter|
|Atletico midfielder Partey suffers thigh strain|
|Dickov: Leicester title run built to last|
|Guardiola not a menace for our players, says Luis Enrique|
|Mexico v Senegal: Osorio believes in youngsters|
|Celta Vigo v Sevilla: Krohn-Dehli not taking Copa del Rey final for granted|
|Madrid confirm Marcelo shoulder dislocation|
|Injury rules Chiellini out of crucial Juve games|
|Oblak extends Atletico deal|
|Blanc hints PSG could move for Ben Arfa|
|Luis Enrique urges Neymar to cope with off-field distractions|
|Carrick: Manchester United not throwing in towel|
|Neville determined to turn things around at Valencia|
|Guardiola hails Lewandowski professionalism amid Real Madrid and PSG rumours|
|Guardiola wary of ´aggressive´ Bochum|
|Premier League reveals new logo|
|West Ham open Payet contract talks|
|I could leave Barcelona for Guardiola, says Busquets|
|Giggs can be Manchester United´s Guardiola - Robson|
|Zidane has everything to become a great coach - Ancelotti|
|Carragher: Liverpool got it wrong on ticket prices|
|Neymar will be at Barcelona for years, claims director|
|Eder talks up Inter´s Scudetto chances|
|Larsson: Watching Barca is like playing FIFA|
|City recruit Wilkinson hoping to debut in Melbourne derby|
|Allegri will join Chelsea, says former coach|
|Zanetti: No need to compare Maradona and Messi|
|Vardy: I never expected Leicester to top Premier League|
|Capello: Ronaldo has at least three years at the top|
|Klopp hoping for Sturridge revival|
|Bilic wants new contract to keep Payet at West Ham|
|Shelvey can be as good as Cabaye - Sissoko|