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'
|Vitoria Guimaraes 1 Sporting Braga 0: Valente header sinks visitors|
|Levante 2 Espanyol 2: Late Victor strike earns struggling hosts a point|
|Football League Review: Middlesbrough edge Norwich in promotion duel, Preston drop points again|
|Nantes 1 Marseille 0: Defensive gaffe leaves visitors´ title challenge in tatters|
|Cambuur 1 Excelsior 1: Record-breaker Ogbeche secures last-gasp draw|
|Eintracht Frankfurt 0 Borussia Monchengladbach 0: Favre´s men held in entertaining draw|
|Arabian Gulf League Review: Al Ain clinch title, Al Jazira humbled by local rivals Bani Yas|
|PSG welcome reduction to Ibrahimovic ban|
|Fournier anticipates improved derby showing from Lyon|
|Anti-Ashley fan protest could inspire Newcastle - Pochettino|
|Toure to stay at City - Pellegrini|
|Newcastle United v Tottenham: Carver pins hopes on Coloccini amid fan boycott plans|
|Manchester City v West Ham: Pellegrini calls for unity|
|Newport terminate Zebroski contract after conviction|
|El Ouriachi nears Stoke switch|
|Inter v Milan: Shaqiri upbeat ahead of first derby|
|Aston Villa v Liverpool: All eyes on Gerrard ahead of Wembley return|
|Sturridge to be given ´every possibility´ to get fit|
|Agbonlahor could make semi-final|
|Simeone: Forget about the Champions League|
|PSG captain Silva to miss Nice game|
|Pellegrini ´not hurt´ by Klopp speculation|
|Mourinho plays down United injury worries|
|A-League Review: Sydney, Phoenix keep hopes up in thrillers|
|Pellegrini fears Kompany´s season may be over|
|Costa in contention for Arsenal clash|
|Title possible but not logical for Van Gaal|
|Iniesta ruled out of Valencia visit|
|Van Gaal searching for answer to United injury ´puzzle´|
|Allardyce backs Koeman for managerial gong|
|Benzema to miss Malaga clash|
|Juventus v Lazio ´a Scudetto game´ - Allegri|
|Guardiola insists he is going nowhere|
|Bolasie worth £20million - Pardew|
|Newcastle fans to feed ducks during Spurs protest|
|Bayern confirm Muller-Wohlfahrt resignation|
|Balotelli most-targeted player for hate crimes on social media|
|Ancelotti: No calls from Manchester City|
|Pardew revels in ´a tremendous season´|
|Watzke hopes for swift Dortmund appointment|
|Atleti a different beast under Simeone, says Forlan|
|Di Maria suspension behind United resurgence, claims Scholes|
|Mertesacker hopes Klopp takes foreign challenge|
|Dyche demands diving answers|
|Skrtel ready for Benteke test|
|Mertesacker: Arsenal should manage Wembley pressure|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Wanderers advance, Palestino miss out|
|New York City 1 Philadelphia Union 1: Another late show frustrates hosts|
|Webb re-elected as CONCACAF president|
|Emery wary of Russia trip|
|Terry ´no chance´ of England return - Capello|
|Fatigue hurt us - Villas-Boas|
|Benitez praises ´spectacular´ Napoli|
|Brugge captain Simons accepts goalless draw|
|Boubacar targets Europa League glory after late leveller|
|Hamsik surprised by Napoli dominance|
|Sevilla 2 Zenit 1: Subs win it for Spaniards|
|Dynamo Kiev 1 Fiorentina 1: Super-sub Babacar saves visitors|
|Club Brugge 0 Dnipro 0: Honours even after absorbing first leg|
|Wolfsburg 1 Napoli 4: Benitez handed perfect birthday present|
|Muller-Wohlfahrt resigns Bayern role|
|Barcelona v Valencia: Leaders primed for stiff La Liga test|
|Fenerbahce win on return after bus attack|
|Ligue 1 to adopt goalline technology|
|Iniesta back in training despite bruising|
|Juventus v Lazio: Replicate Monaco win, urges Pirlo|
|Parma handed further points deduction|
|Wenger surprised by FA Cup scheduling|
|Leicester City v Swansea City: Survival is realistic, says Pearson|
|Everton v Burnley: Dyche wants to play with freedom|
|Ideye a concern for Palace clash|
|Crystal Palace v West Brom: Pulis not surprised by Palace form|
|Chelsea v Manchester United: Leaders attempt to go 10 points clear|
|Stoke City v Southampton: Koeman focused on points not records|
|Rodriguez could play in Southampton´s final game|
|Reading v Arsenal: Wenger talks of lessons learned ahead of FA Cup semi|
|Villa have to prioritise survival over Cup - Vassell|
|Nice v Paris-Saint Germain: Blanc draws a line under Barca defeat|
|Wijnaldum would welcome Van Gaal reunion|
|Championship Preview: Neil wants Carrow Road cauldron, Bournemouth face Wednesday|
|Arsenal defeat to Reading would be astonishing - McLintock|
|Monk flattered by West Ham link|
|Koeman: Clyne right to have Champions League ambition|
|Real Madrid v Malaga: Torres braced for challenging Bernabeu return|
|Oscar wary of United and insists title race is not over|
|Borussia Dortmund v Paderborn: Klopp rubbishes talk of ´farewell tour´|
|Kehl sidelined for two weeks with broken rib|
|Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich: Leaders urged to wake up after Euro defeat|
|Gisdol signs new Hoffenheim deal|
|Deportivo La Coruna v Atletico Madrid: Simeone´s men continue battle for third|
|Lahm plotting Bayern fightback|
|Oscar: Hazard the best in the Premier League|
|Rakitic eager to put on Camp Nou show|
|League Two Preview: Burton on the cusp of promotion|
|Wenger hopeful of Walcott stay|
|Oscar not seeking Chelsea exit|
|Martinez coy on Cleverley link|
|Gomis out for four weeks|
|MLS Preview: Kreis demands ´not so nice´ City|
|Serie A Preview: Abate motivated for Milan derby, Juve face Lazio in table-topping clash|
|League One Preview: Bristol City eye title|
|Bundesliga Preview: Klopp begins long goodbye, Hamburg turn to Labbadia|
|Lambert: Klopp may snub Premier League|
|Perth Glory CEO quits following disqualification|
|Copa Libertadores Review: The Strongest, Santa Fe enjoy wins|
|La Liga Preview: Valencia eye victory over Barca|
|Ligue 1 Preview: Marseille hopeful of top-three finish|
|United States 2 Mexico 0: Hosts scrap to win|
|A-League Preview: Victory close in on Premier´s Plate|
|Markevych: Dnipro can win the Europa League|
|United States 2-0 Mexico: Morris and Agudelo score as Americans scrap for win|
|Dynamo Kiev look for goals against Fiorentina|
|Injuries a concern for Preud´homme|
|Villas-Boas plays down injury worries|
|Benitez wanted Wolfsburg trio|
|Porto quality no surprise to Guardiola|
|Blanc counting on returning stars for second leg|
|Lopetegui issues warning after first-leg victory|