"Of course, we knew repeating last year's success wouldn't be a simple task but we always aim for excellence".
Preparations for our Premier League clash against Liverpool are in full swing at the City Football Academy.
Manchester City centre-back Vincent Kompany has challenged his team mates to "pull everything out of the locker" for Thursday's crucial game against Liverpool.
A year ago we were 1-0 down in the Champions League against City but we managed to come back.
Spurs were defeated 3-1 by Wolves on Saturday to leave them nine points behind Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal.
He said: "It is Liverpool, with (Manchester) United, the best team in England in history".
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Pep Guardiola's City are desperate to close the gap on their title rivals at the Etihad.
Finally, should City take the lead, they have no intention of sitting back and playing out the game. Every time we won a lot of games it doesn't mean it will happen in the future.
"So we have to go there and try everything to get a result".
What's truly magnificent about this Liverpool side under Jurgen Klopp is that they have maintained showing attacking prowess while being flawless at the back.
City collected a record number of points and scored a record number of goals on their way to last season's title.
City had a golden chance to win the first Premier League meeting between the two sides this season at Anfield, but Riyad Mahrez skied a late penalty and it finished goalless. Sometimes we made it too easy for our opponents to go through and we left them too many open spaces.
With its dynamic front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool is never more risky than on the counterattack. Operating from the right, the Egyptian wizard will be able to make the most out of Zinchenko's inexperience and Laporte's lack of pace, ultimately putting more pressure on the City backline. It's the third of January, it's a very important game for both teams and I would use it as motivation for the other team'.
Kevin De Bruyne is needed but may not pass a fitness test to play and dominate City's set-pieces.