The foundations are in place for Manchester City’s Champions League domination dreams to come true – only time is needed, revealed fullback Maicon.
The Brazilian lifted the cup under Jose Mourinho with Inter Milan two years ago but watched as his new club crashed out of the competition at the group stage for the second year running.
Roberto Mancini’s men are now also at risk at not even qualifying for Thursday night football in the Europa League if they fail to leapfrog Ajax into third place.
But having already amassed all the right pieces, City just need to put them in the right place and live up to their destiny of being crowned European champions.
“There is nothing missing at City,” said the 31-year-old. “It is a great club and is working to get better in the Champions League. You can see us progressing on a monthly basis.
“The club is growing all the time, and sooner or later City will win the Champions League because everyone is working for that.”
Despite earning their place among Europe’s elite by winning the Premier League, City have struggled to raise their game and match opponents across the continent.
The difference between the two competitions is something that Maicon is eager to bridge over and ensure that players can master the skill needed to adapt to both.
“The big difference is that here you have to play in the Premier League as well as trying to do well in the Champions League, it is a very different competition,” he added.
“They are great players here, but they need more experience of the Champions League.
“You have to tune in to playing in Europe, as it is very different to playing in your home league.”
Maicon’s start to life at the Etihad was plagued by a foot injury and he was forced to watch fellow wingbacks Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov make hugely impressive appearances for City.
But having started four of the last five games, Maicon is ready to extend his career goal tally of 28 and City’s attacking style is a match made in heaven for him.
He said: “I am enjoying life in Manchester – everything’s fine. The team is full of quality players, and the way City play they give the fullbacks the ball and get them to attack. This suits my game.
“I am only sorry that I couldn’t contribute at the start of the season because of my injury.
“Little by little I am getting back to my best, and trying to add something to the team.”
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