Kompany confident of CL progression

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Manchester City are up for the fight ahead of their crunch UEFA Champions League tie with Group A leaders Bayern Munich, and will fight tooth and nail to ensure they progress to the last 16 of the competition, insists Vincent Kompany.

The Citizens are yet to taste defeat as runaway leaders in the Barclays Premier League, but have failed to show the same blistering form in Europe - meaning their hopes of qualification are hanging in the balance.

Kompany knows that City must beat the Bundesliga giants - who are already through to the knockout stages - and hope that Villarreal can earn at least a draw against second placed Napoli.

The 25-year-old defender knows that tomorrow night's encounter at the Etihad Stadium will be a tough test for Roberto Mancini's men, but has urged his teammates to turn on the style in order to make it a night to remember.

"Any team coming here is not going to be favourites," said Kompany. "I don't care who they are.

"Bayern are a team that know each other very well. They have played together for a long time and have a habit of being in these big occasions so we can't underestimate the fact that they will be ready.

"But it will be a special night, and with the players we have, we are capable of anything.

"Receiving Bayern Munich at the Etihad is something that hasn't happened for a long time so we should show respect to the moment and make a special night of it."

The City captain says the players will take confidence from recent performances, and believes the winning mentality that has been instilled within the team will help the club realise its dream.

"The mood is good. We had a good result at Anfield and a great one at the Emirates so we couldn't be in a better mindset for that game," added Kompany. "We know it will be difficult as Bayern Munich are a difficult side to beat.

"I don't even expect them to play a weakened team, because that is the mentality I know. They are that kind of club.

"It will be a hard game but we have every reason to still believe in it because Napoli have an equally hard game on their hands. We believe 100 per cent we can do it."

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