Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is urging the club to begin their Champions League campaign with a bang against Napoli.

The match against the Serie A side marks City's first in the Champions League era, having competed for the European Cup back in 1968.

Toure, himself a former winner of the competition with Barcelona, says victory against Napoli can give City confidence that they can succeed on the European stage.

"It's very important because when you play this sort of competition at home you have to win and it's very important to build confidence for the rest of the competition," he said.

"I don't think there's a big space between us and the other teams because when you see the few games we play, especially the Spurs game we played fantastic and Tottenham is that sort of big team you know and they did well in the Champions League."

Having signed the likes of Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri this summer, many believe City could be a surprise package among Europe's established names.


 

And Toure says the club's form in the Barclays Premier League is enough evidence to suggest they can cut the mustard at the top level.

"I think the team is improving every week and you see on the training ground we're working hard and I think now everyone is focused on the game," he added.

"It's fantastic for the club and we need to be strong because the Champions League is only for top top teams to play in and we have to be realistic.

"You need to get a certain type of player with fantastic quality like we have now. Samir Nasri, Aguero and Silva are doing well now and you have three players who will improve and you know with the Champions League there are two teams you can say that can win, maybe Real Madrid or Barcelona.

"I think we can play at the same level and the most important is you have to make the second round and see what happens in the next."

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