Ruben Dias says he and his team-mates are motivated by recent near misses in the UEFA Champions League ahead of our quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich.

City welcome the German champions to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday 11 April for the first leg of what promises to be an exciting encounter.

Should Pep Guardiola’s men get the better of the Bavarians, then we will have reached the last four of Europe’s elite competition for a third successive year, having also finished as runners up in 2021.

But rather than dwell on previous Champions League performances, Dias insists City must instead use them as fuel to go one better this time around.


“Like a very wise man once said to me. ‘We didn’t lose the final [in 2021], we just got one step closer’,” the City defender reflected in a pre-match press conference.

“I keep these words to myself very close because in the end it’s the only way to see it if you really want to keep pursuing it.

“Every year it’s about us getting closer and getting closer and making steps closer and making your name more and more loud.

“We are still in the pursuit, and we will keep fighting.”

Hear Ruben Dias‘ pre-match thoughts in full via the video above.