London: Joe Hart (above) insists Manchester City can win the Champions League this season despite their injury woes and recent poor form.

Joe Hart
Joe Hart

City travel to face Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last 16 tie in the Ukrainian capital today. But City goalkeeper Hart and his team-mates boarded the flight with morale low after three successive defeats in all competitions. Back-to-back losses in the Premier League have dented City’s title challenge, while they were also routed 5-1 by Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday.

However, beating Kiev would take City into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time and England international Hart feels his team can go all the way if they believe in themselves. "We’ve got to believe that (City can win it), or else there is no point in turning up," Hart said. "We’ve got to believe that we’ve got what it takes.

You know, it’s the best of the best, and if you’re not at your best you will lose, simple as that, in this competition. So it’s all about peaking for the game and being in the right place at the right time. It’s an amazing competition. It’s something we really look forward to as a team. But we’re very lucky that we’re involved in a lot of competitions."

Meanwhile, PSV Eindhoven will take on Atletico Madrid at the Philips Stadion today.