Manchester City can still win the UEFA Champions League this season, despite the fact their qualification hopes are hanging by a thread insists David Silva.

Roberto Mancini's men go into Wednesday's European encounter needing victory over Group A winners Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium, and hope Napoli drop points at Villarreal.

With the Citizens' debut season in the competition balancing on a knife-edge, Silva remains confident his teammates can book their place in the knockout stages.

"We need to improve upon what we've achieved already and keep progressing as a team," he told the Daily Mirror. "Of course, we've got to do well in the Champions League and, well, we should aim to win it. Why not? I don't think that is out of the question.

"We're up there with the elite now and this is enabling us to attract winners. These players know how to win, must win and accept nothing else.

"Winners don't believe in fate like others do. They simply cannot accept defeat."

The Bundesliga giants have dropped only two points in five matches but Silva insists City will be looking to beat Bayern tomorrow night, and says that the players' winning mentality has been forged by the FA Cup final victory last season.

"It was a key season for us," the Spaniard reflected. "We won our first trophy for 35 years and qualified for the Champions League, claiming a place among the best teams in Europe.

"The UEFA Champions League is certainly where we want to be and the level we have been aiming for."

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