Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists his team are not the favourites for the UEFA Champions League and has labelled them “teenagers’ in regard to the prestigious tournament.
The Citizens appear highly likely to progress into the quarterfinals, as they hold a 3-2 lead ahead of hosting Schalke for the return game of their last 16 tie tonight.
The Premier League leaders are now regarded as one of the continent’s heavyweights and being tipped to go all the way and win their first Champions League title.
However, Guardiola claims his side is still raw when it comes to the competition and claimed they lack the experience of more established sides left in the draw.
“We are teenagers in this competition,” said the Spanish manager, who won the Champions League twice with Barcelona.
“That's how I feel. You have to dream, to point as high as possible and at the same time accept there are other teams thinking the same. We cannot deny how strong they are.
“People think that because Real Madrid are not there, this competition will be easy.
“Hopefully in the quarterfinals and after we will see if we can be there. The teams there will be a similar level to Real - they are top teams.
"I said many times all the clubs in the group stages, the last 16, last eight, want to win.
“It's another step, but it's difficult. In the last 16, if you go out, it's a big disaster. But it's a big success, being here, and we're closer to doing that.”