Man City international makes remarkable claim ahead of Champions League bout

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Despite Manchester City‘s ongoing domestic malaise, Joe Hart has insisted that the Citizens believe they can win the Champions League this season.

The Sky Blues have been wobbling since the end of the transfer window, when it was revealed that Pep Guardiola would replace Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.

They unconvincingly overcame relegation-threatened Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, before falling—in consecutive matches—to title rivals Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Indeed, the Citizens were devastated by the Foxes, and while they fought back to equalise through Kelechi Iheanacho after falling behind to a Harry Kane penalty against Spurs, they fell to defeat when Christian Eriksen scored seven minutes from the final whistle.

At the weekend, City suffered one of their biggest humiliations in recent memory when a youthful side were battered 5-1 by Chelsea to drop out of the FA Cup.

Despite this recent miserable form, Hart has insisted that the Citizens can not only beat Dynamo Kyiv in midweek, but also win Europe’s premier club competition for the first time ever.

“We’ve got to believe that [City can win the Champions League],” Hart began, speaking to City’s official website.

“[If not] there is no point in turning up on Wednesday. We’ve got to believe that we’ve got what it takes. You know, it’s the best of the best, and if you’re not at your best you will lose, simple as that, in this competition. So it’s all about peaking for the game and being in the right place at the right time.

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“It’s an amazing competition. It’s something we really look forward to as a team. But we’re very lucky that we’re involved in a lot of competitions.

“The majority of the time when it comes to the Champions League we’re still fighting on all fronts, and this is a good time to be a Manchester City player and a good time to be fighting.”

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