Roberto Mancini set out his goals for Manchester City who tomorrow kick off their first-ever Champions League campaign.
The City manager is looking no further than City emerging from a difficult group to the knockout phase.
But with tomorrow’s oppoents Napoli, German giants Bayern Munich and Spanish side Villareal in their group, that will be no easy feat as acknowledged by Mancini.
He explained: “There are four teams who can either win trhe group or get fourth position. It will be hard not only for ourselves but every team.
“It is important to do well and do our job in this group and our target is to get into the second stage.”
City will be making their debut in the Champions League and it will be their first time in Europe’s top competition since 1968/69.
“It is an exciting day for the club to play in the Champions League for the first time and special times,” added Mancini.
The City manager says Napoli will represent a tough hurdle to overcome identifying South American forwards Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel and Slovakian midfield player Marek Hamsik as their dangerman.
It has been a close season of change for Napoli with Inter Milan striker Goran Pandev signed on loan, one of 11 news arrivals 12 players leaving as coach Walter Mazzarri has reshaped his squad which finished third in Serie A last season.