Kompany: Time to step up, City
Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City have accrued enough experience to start challenging for the Champions League title.
The Blues are about to embark on their fourth campaign in Europe's elite club competition in its current format after making it to the Round of 16 for the first time last season.
While City face a tough task against German champions Bayern Munich on Thursday morning (Singapore time), captain Kompany thinks that the English Premier League champions are seasoned enough to give any of Europe's best clubs a run for their money.
Speaking ahead of the clash at the Allianz Arena, the 28-year-old said: "Every single time you come here is an opportunity to prove yourself.
"We now take it as a challenge against one of the top three clubs in the world. It is one of hardest places to come to.
"It's time to start making these games close and making up the gap between ourselves and the other top clubs."
Raising the bar
After claiming their second EPL title in three seasons, expectations at the Etihad Stadium are on the rise and Kompany wants his side to aim even higher.
Said the defender: "You start a season at Manchester City nowadays and it's not acceptable not to put all the trophies on your ambitions list.
"It's a case of me and all the players looking at all the trophies and thinking we have to go until the very end of the season.
"I mean, the club is asking us to win now, so that's one thing. We have come so far in the last four years, we have been successful, but you always want to take it a step further.
"Let's take it in context - we are not favourites by any means for this competition but we would like to compete and challenge."
Source: PA Sport