Manchester City have the tough task of facing defending champions Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the Champions League.
City impressed when they beat neighbours Manchester United 4-1 in a scintillating performance, but fell short against a belligerent Aston Villa side last weekend - losing 3-2.
Despite the victory over United, midfielder Fernandinho believes it would be a greater sign of his sides progression if they can beat Pep Guardiola's side.
He told reporters: "Last season, Bayern Munich were the team that played the best football and they became European champions, so if you beat them, people on the outside will notice.
"It would be a huge statement to the football world if we could beat the best team in Europe, one of the best teams in the world. The projection would be much higher than beating United. That is why a win for us would be so important."
Fernandinho, who was brought from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer for £30 million, has a wealth of experience in Europe's top competition, having reached the knockout stages with last season.
The Brazilian midfielder, who has five caps for his country, admits Bayern are the best around and there will be a very different atmosphere at the Etihad come Wednesday night.
He added: "The United match was all about playing your local rival. It was a derby and you always want to beat your neighbours, so the atmosphere is different for the players, manager, directors, supporters - everybody. It is different from a normal game.
"You don't play against United and picture them as the champions, you just regard them as your local rivals. The game against Bayern Munich is different, they are the best around."
City and Bayern are joined in Group D by CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen.
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