Ruben Dias says he can guarantee that City will fight for every trophy ahead of the Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich.

After cutting the gap on Premier League leaders Arsenal to six points at the weekend and an FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United to come, City remain in the hunt for three trophies.

And with our winning streak extended to eight matches following the 4-1 victory over Southampton on Saturday, City are coming into top form at exactly the right time.

“I guess all of us have a special feeling and taste when it comes to this stage [of the season],” Dias said. “Obviously, now is the time to be together and be producing - to be out there on the pitch doing what we can do best, every one of us.

“This is the moment to go through or not. I think our team gets fed by these moments and I think that’s a very good characteristic to have in our space of work.

“Every year is different. Obviously also we have different players but one thing is for sure, at least in the last two years I’ve been here, when we arrive at this stage, we’re ready.

“I cannot compare because different players and every year football changes. I can guarantee once again we are here and we will fight for everything.”

Dias has no doubts about the threat that Bayern will bring with the German side winning the Bundesliga title for the last 10 years as well as winning the Champions League twice in the past decade.

“I think ambition will be the key, because it will definitely be a balanced game between two very good teams. The details will make the difference,” he said.

“We know we’re up against a difficult side. Obviously the Premier League is different to Bundesliga. But in the end, in this competition, we know how balanced it will be between us. So, we are very sharp knowing all details will matter.”


The first leg at 20:00 (UK) on Tuesday will see a rematch with former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel, who took over from Julian Nagelsmann last month.

Dias said it could make it harder to prepare for the two-legged clash, but added that they have faced teams that have changes coaches before.

“I guess essentially it resumes in new routines for a team you could probably be studying from everything they’ve done since the beginning of the season to now and suddenly everything changes,” the Portuguese international said.

“I think that improvisation will be the most difficult thing to catch up with. Anyway, we’ve been in this context. We’ve played teams who have made a change. So will do our best to be ready.”