Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has claimed his side are in the toughest group of this year’s Champions League.
The Belgian thinks that the Etihad Stadium outfit were always going be fighting hard for qualification in Group A.
He said: “We were in by far the hardest group of this Champions League.
“We were in pot three or pot four, so we were never going to be protected. That is the reason why we are still fighting for this - it is a tough group.”
City have fallen to third in the group behind Napoli after they lost in 2-1 Italy on Tuesday.
Roberto Mancini's side now need to beat leaders Bayern Munich at the Etihad in their next fixture and hope that Villareal can avoid defeat for the first time in the competition against the Serie 'A' outfit.
Kompany’s defensive partner, Joleon Lescott, feels City are learning from their Champions League debut and will take positives whatever the outcome.
The England international says the team has accepted their fate, and will just do what they can to qualify and hope for a positive result in the other fixture.
He said: “It is out of our hands now but we have got to focus on that Bayern game, when it comes around, to do our part.
“We are obviously going to go into that game positive, we know it is a must-win. But we knew it wasn't going to be easy - we looked at the group at the start.
“Napoli and ourselves were two fresh (Champions League) teams but Villarreal and Bayern are established teams.”
He added: “There were no easy games and the first game proved that, Napoli at home. Even though we hit the bar a few times it was still an exciting game and a good one to watch.”