The two managers exchanged friendly words at the end of the game
The Robins held off some early City pressure and went into half-time leading against the Premier League leaders thanks to Bobby Reid’s low penalty after he was fouled by John Stones.
Kevin De Bruyne levelled the game ten minutes after the break before substitute Sergio Aguero’s stoppage-time header saw City snatch the win.
The two sides meet again for the second leg in the West Country in a fortnight and the end of the first leg saw Guardiola and Johnson exchange words at the end of the game.
Guardiola caused controversy when he confronted Nathan Redmond during Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Southampton in November, but Johnson revealed that Guardiola had kind words after tonight’s game.
Johnson said: “He [Guardiola] was very complimentary of the players and he said most teams don’t come to Manchester City and play as well as we did.
“I’ll pass that onto the players and hopefully they can take confidence from that and maybe Manchester City will buy Bobby Reid for £65million!”
The visitors made life difficult for their opponents and can consider themselves unfortunate not to earn a draw in Manchester and Johnson was beaming with pride at the end of the game, insisting that there was still all to play for.
He added: “It’s half-time and we are still in the tie. They [Manchester City] will appreciate that the away leg is going to be a difficult one and he [Guardiola] will have to get his team selection right because 27,000 fans roaring us on at Ashton Gate is a difficult prospect for any side.
“It’s definitely overwhelming pride and I thought the football club, the fans and the players were fantastic.
“We tried to play. You often hear Pep Guardiola say Premier League teams come here and don’t play their game but we did.
“We pressed, we hustled, we harried and we played very well.”