Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is hoping that Manchester City will finally prove themselves in Europe after disappointing campaigns in the last two seasons.
The Sky Blues started the Champions League in convincing fashion on Tuesday evening with a 0-3 victory at Czech side Viktoria Plzen.
However they will have to fare well against the others in their group - last year's champions Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow - if they are to avoid going out at the group stages as they have done in the two previous seasons.
And Toure - who got on the score sheet in the Czech Republic - is eager for his side to display an improvement this season.
"The last two years were quite disappointing for us, for the fans and for the club," said the 30-year-old.
"It's important for us to prove to the fans who love Manchester City that this year is going to be our year."
"Our most important target is getting through to the second round and showing improvement."
Tuesday night's victory was City's first win in seven Champions League games - they failed to record a win in any match in the 2012-13 campaign.
Along with Toure, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko netted second-half goals to give Manuel Pellegrini his first Champions League win with his new side at the first attempt.
And Pellegrini was eager to highlight the fact that Europe and the Premier League were equally important with his side's clash with local rivals Manchester United coming up on Sunday.
"We don't have a priority on this," said the Chilean.
"We didn't play well in the last Champions League last season but the Premier League is also very important for us and we will continue in both with the same level of priority.
"We have the derby next Sunday and winning away in the Champions League, scoring three goals, having at least three or four more chances to score and a clean sheet - I think it will give all the players a lot of confidence for the next games."
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