Joao Cancelo sees a team capable of winning the Champions League when he looks around in Manchester City training sessions.
The Blues have never gone further than the semi-finals of the coveted European trophy and have exited at the quarter-final stage for the last three years, with defeat to Lyon in August a particularly disappointing result that Pep Guardiola still feels responsible for.
City got their latest campaign up and running with a confident 3-1 win over Porto on Wednesday night, despite an eccentric referee, more defensive errors, touchline shenanigans, and the late loss of Fernandinho through injury. If the Premier League has already thrown up a number of shocks, the first Champions League game proved closer to expectations.
The resurgence of Bayern Munich under Hansi Flick sees them favourites to defend their crown but there will again be expectation on Guardiola's side to push for the trophy.
Cancelo, who started at left-back against Porto, knows the difficulty of winning the competition but is convinced enough by what he sees in training to think that City should be challenging at the business end of the season.
"It's my dream and all my teammates' dream," he said. "With the quality of this squad, it's normal that the demand is high for us. I think that's good, but we think at going game by game. We have a very difficult group, we will try to finish first in our group and then we will think about the next. I think we are a group of players and as a team very strong, for what we do on the pitch but also in training sessions.
"I see in training a team with a lot of quality, so it's understandable that people think and demand that Manchester City win the Champions League. But we need to be aware that there are a lot of strong teams fighting for this competition, such as Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and many more.
"The Champions League isn't an easy competition to win, we are facing the best clubs in the continent, we need to game by game and we will try again to fight for it.”