Ahead of tonight's Group D Champions League clash between Manchester City and Bayern Munich, manager Pep Guardiola has said he believes the Citizens will progress to the knockout phase.
City are set to host this evening's match, with Argentine striker Sergio Aguero and Spanish midfielder David Silva back to boost the team.
Bayern have scored 16 goals in six games so far in the competition, and have conceded just one.
A fortnight ago the German side were victorious over CSKA Moscow with a final score of 3-0, and are currently joint top of the Bundesliga with an unbeaten record after seven games.
However, that hasn't stopped Guardiola from staying grounded and admitting he thinks Manchester City are a top side, and even potential winners this season.
"City are one of the biggest clubs in Europe," the former Barcelona boss was quoted as saying by ESPN.
"You have to remember they didn't get through the group stages in the last two seasons but I'm 100 per cent confident they will get through to the next round.
"I think Manchester City in the last years they did big steps forward. They won the Premier League two years ago so they made a few titles and I bet to you this year it will be the first time they will qualify for the (quarter)-finals, and it will be the next step.
"In my impression, if they get to qualify for the (second round), Manchester City will be one of the toughest, toughest, toughest teams in the next round.
"It's the same with what happened in Borussia Dortmund last season. Last season was the first time they qualified for the next round, and arrived to the final.
"So Manchester City, I have this feeling, I don't know if I'm right, but I have this feeling it can happen."
The former Barcelona boss also heaped on the praise for Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini - who has never won to a team managed by Guardiola.
He said: "No matter which club he is training, each team plays his way. His fingers, his footsteps, his trademark in his team is always there.
"For me it's always a pleasure to play against Manuel because he loves to play football, he tries to keep the ball and his teams always play good."
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