Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that the other English teams playing in the Champions League are more experienced than his own, but said his players need to aim high and face them, while speaking at a press conference in Manchester on Monday.
"We're teenagers in this competition, that is my feeling. That is what I feel. We will not be happy if we don't go through. We want it. So there are no excuses. Of course we want to win it," he said.
The Catalan then added: "United and Tottenham are there and you cannot deny how strong they are. But of course in 90 minutes or 180 minutes anything can happen. Of course, we want to compete against them. We want to face them, we spoke many times with the players, because you need to have to desire to compete with the best teams in Europe."
Speaking alongside Guardiola, Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan offered no concrete information about his future despite his contract with City coming to an end in 2020.
He said: "My next contract will decide where I will maybe be for the end of my career, so everyone feels different, maybe someone has an inner feeling to go for a new challenge or to change something."
Regarding his international manager Joachim Low's decision to drop Bayern Munich trio Jerome Boateng, Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels for the foreseeable future to blood youth prospects, Gundogan said he was 'very surprised.'
"I didn't see it coming, to be honest" he said. "I can understand the thinking behind it. I think we can be very thankful for these three players, as the German Football Federation and as a country."
Manchester City take on Schalke 04 in the Champions League at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, after a thrilling 3-2 encounter in the first leg of the tie.
They could be seen going through drills and practising ahead of the crucial encounter, one in which they only need a draw.