Manchester City development executive Patrick Vieira believes that their qualification for the Champions League for a second straight season is a testament to the effort the club have put in over the years.
Under the guidance of Arab billionaire Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Sky Blues have established themselves as one of the major forces in English football, winning their first Premier League title last season.
However, their maiden campaign in Europe's top competition ended in a group stage elimination, but Vieira believes his squad's hunger and drive will see them progress further this time.
"Every single player loves playing in the Champions League and as a club it is a mark of being up there with the best," he told Uefa.com.
"It is a fantastic experience for the club, not just on the pitch but off it as well. This is why the club is working so hard, to compete against the best clubs in Europe.
"Last year gave us belief. It was exciting last year and when you have a good taste of something you want to go back again so it is really good to be involved again.
"When you have been really successful it gives you confidence and when you have the confidence you play with freedom and when you play with freedom that is when you play your best football."
Manchester City kick off their Champions League campaign with a trip to Real Madrid on September 19.