Manchester City are heading into the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League with plenty of confidence according to director of football Txiki Begiristain.
City have been drawn alongside holders Bayern Munich as well as Russian side CSKA Moscow and Czech outfit Viktoria Plzen and even though they have failed in their last two forays into Europa's premier club competition, Begiristain is confident this time around.
However, he was treading with caution for all of City's Group D opponents.
Of Bayern he told Sky Sports: "They won three trophies last season so of course they will be very strong, but already this summer we have played a friendly and now we have the real competition."
In regards to the other two teams, Begiristain added: "We have to be careful of Viktoria Plzen also and respectful of all the teams.
"They (CSKA) are the champions of the Russia league and are doing well. They have a good team with some good players and it will be difficult, but we have a lot of confidence this season.
"We have improved the team, we have a new manager with a lot of experience in the Champions League and we hope we will be stronger in the Champions League."