Milner confident ahead of Bayern test as Man City look to improve in Europe

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City came from two goals down to win at the Allianz Arena last season, and are looking to go far in this season's Champions League.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner has said the side will take a lot of confidence from their meeting with Bayern Munich in last season's Champions League tie ahead of their trip to Munich in their opening group match.

City have met Bayern on four occasions in the competition, and have beaten them on two occasions - losing the other two meetings.

Milner told the official Manchester City website: “We beat them at the Allianz last year, so we should take a lot of confidence from that and go into the game with no fear knowing that we have been there before and got three points.

“We want to kick on again. I think having won the Premier League a couple of times, and been fortunate enough to win every trophy domestically, we now want to prove ourselves on the European stage.

“I believe we have a good enough team to do that. We have been unfortunate with tough groups over the past few years, but that is the Champions League. We have to start well in the group and hopefully build from that. It won’t be easy but we believe we can come away from Bayern with a victory.”

It is widely said that Manchester City will now want to kick on in Europe after their relatively disappointing record in Europe. Last season they managed to come back from two goals down to beat Bayern in the Allianz arena - and managed to beat them at the Etihad Stadium two years prior to that. 

But the side has only got out of the group on one occasion from their three appearances - reaching the last 16 stage last season where they were knocked out by Barcelona.

City need to take the belief of last season not only into tomorrow night's game against Bayern, but into the rest of the tournament. Given the talent that Manuel Pellegrini's squad has, and the amount that has been spent on the side, they ought to be at the business end of the competition. 

They face yet another tough group this season with Serie A side Roma drawn with their more familiar opponents of Bayern and CSKA Moscow.

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