Manager Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City have no need to harbour an inferiority complex when they face Bayern Munich tonight.
City’s first Champions League away game is sprinkled with stardust.
Bayern were runners-up as recently as 2010 and have won the competition four times, emphasising their status as one of Europe’s superpowers.
Yet Mancini is adamant such history should not leave his own squad feeling overawed at the task ahead of them.
“Playing against Bayern Munich is always difficult for an English team. But the same is also (true) for them,” said Mancini.
“It will be a difficult game. When you play against this team you can lose. But we are not a small team. We are a good team. We play against them without a problem.
“We have a lot of respect for them. They have a great history. But we want to do a good job.”
Nevertheless, that a club who only 13 years ago were spending their midweeks dreaming of victory over Macclesfield are now taking on Bayern as equals is remarkable.
“For the supporters it is an important moment,” Mancini acknowledged.
“Life changes sometimes. Now we are a top club. But one result or one game cannot change everything.”