"We learnt a lot from the City game," Howe said. "I think it was a tough experience but as always when you play the very best teams you learn a lot from it.
"I remember going back to the Real Madrid game we played in the pre-season friendly (in 2013) and we lost 6-0 but from that game we took so much tactically from them.
"You learn against the top teams and I think you reflect and look back and learn a lot from that game.
"It is a good learning curve in the long term, although it doesn't help in the short term because you get no points.
"There were elements of the game that were okay, that were quite good but ultimately (City) were superior to us."