Vincent Kompany claims Manchester City determined to silence their critics in the Champions League after admitting they have not shown their quality in the competition.
City have begun the season emphatically by winning their opening five Premier League matches without conceding a goal.
Now Manchester City want to carry that momentum into the Champions League, in which they have never previously progressed beyond the last 16.
They begin their latest challenge on Tuesday with a testing visit from last season’s runners-up Juventus.
City will be without Sergio Aguero in the match – that and all the other team news can be found here.
Ahead of the match against the Italian champions, Kompany said: “There is nobody who left the Champions League satisfied last year.
“Okay, we came against the best team in the world in Barcelona, and I guess that made it a little bit easier to understand, but that is not what we want.
“We don’t want to go out to the strongest teams but to compete with them and at least beat them on a regular basis.
“Everything has been so bright and so good so far but, as people have been saying for the last three or four years, as long as we don’t perform and show our quality in the Champions League, as we have in the Premier League, there will always be something left behind that leaves us unsatisfied.
“It is a really important game for us. We have been looking forward to the start of the competition since the disappointing game in Barcelona. Tomorrow is a game everyone is going to be up for.”
In mitigation, City have been drawn in tough groups in each of their past four Champions League seasons and again they face a difficult task. As well as Juventus, Group D also includes Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach and Europa League winners Sevilla.
City have spent close to £160million over the summer in a bid to make a greater impact, with £103million going on just two players in Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.
The squad appears to have been reinvigorated and Kompany thinks the group could prove the best since he joined the club.
He said: “Early signs would say so but experience would teach you to be careful on those kind of statements. We will see.”