Stan Collymore believes Manchester City are running out of excuses for their perpetual inability to deliver in Champions League competition.
The Bleacher Report columnist cites the wealth of talent manager Manuel Pellegrini has at his disposal as the main argument as to why the Etihad Stadium club should have collected more than the meagre two points they have after three matches in Europe this season.
City are currently in third place in Group E, one point ahead of CSKA Moscow and two behind AS Roma, while Bayern Munich are running away with the supremacy having returned a flawless start to their campaign - nine points from nine with nine goals scored and one against.
The club cannot continue to approach the tournament like they are a work in progress, writes Collymore.
"Sir Alex Ferguson once said you need to play in the Champions League for five or six seasons before you're ready to challenge. It's a philosophy Manchester City have seemingly bought into, and it's doing them no favours whatsoever.
"The difference with Ferguson's United back in the early 1990s was that they'd been out of Europe for years. He also had a smaller budget to work with," Collymore said.
"City have near unlimited funds. They have signed some of the best players in the world, in the likes of Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero, and they have already won two Premier League titles.
"Yet still City appear to approach the Champions League as if they're a work in progress. I just don't understand it. The excuses have to stop, and the attitude has to change, if City are going to make good on the talent and funds at their disposal."
City recently let a two goal lead against CSKA slip, as they ended up drawing a midweek game 2-2.