Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says his side are not good enough to win the Champions League this season.
City's 2-1 midweek loss at Napoli means they must beat Bayern Munich and hope Villarreal at least draw against the Italians for them to make the last 16.
"We should be realistic," said Mancini. "I do not think we have a team to win the Champions League this season.
"Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Inter Milan all have more experience than us."
Mancini's comments slightly backtrack from his earlier suggestion that City were on a par with the best teams in Europe.
City went into Wednesday's match in Italy knowing a win would have secured their progress from Group A. Defeat though has handed the initiative to the Italians.
Mancini, though, remains hopeful that his side can progress.
"We hope we can stay in the Champions League," he said. "We hope we can beat Bayern Munich and Villarreal can get a draw with Napoli."
However, Mancini refused to discuss the topic of wantaway striker Carlos Tevez.
Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian is known to have met AC Milan officials in the hope of sorting out a permanent transfer for the Argentine, who is currently not training with City, but for no reason that has been explained.
City have said they are willing to negotiate a permanent transfer for Tevez to leave the club, but not a loan deal.
"I do not want to speak about Carlos Tevez," said Mancini. "I will answer no questions about him."