Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta believes his side have a good chance of atoning for their recent Champions League failures if they can beat Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.
City failed to win their European openers over the last two seasons, leading to disappointing group stage exits.
But with undoubtedly the toughest groups to negotiate during both of those campaigns, Zabaleta insists this year's opponents -- Plzen, Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow -- provide a real opportunity for success.
"I think it is another chance for this club, for this team, to do better in the Champions League," he said. "From what happened the last two years in the Champions League, I think we learned and hopefully we will do better.
"It is not an easy group -- I am not saying this -- but maybe if you compare this group with the last two years, it is a bit better. We believe in this team and I think we have got a great chance to qualify for the next round."
"It is important to win tonight, to try to get three points. To start winning is important because then we have got Bayern Munich at home."
The Argentinean is confident coach Manuel Pellegrini's European pedigree -- after last season's successful run with Malaga -- holds City in good stead to live up to their expectations.
"He is a manager with good experience in the Champions League," he added. "He did well with Villarreal, and also with Malaga. Now it is a different experience for him, with a new team. Hopefully we can do well."