Previously by this stage of a season, we have a good idea just how good City are and just where we sit in football's hierarchy and it doesn't seem that many seasons ago that I can remember thinking "Wow, City are playing against Real Madrid, Barca or Bayern, without really believing we were at their level. City fans understood our place and our level and just being there seemed a heady experience.
We had a little dream a couple of seasons ago when we made the semi, but we all remember how that ended and it cemented our perception that we weren't quite there yet.
This season, I have no idea how good City are, nor where we sit at the top table. Like a boxer making his way through his weight division, he beats all comers, until the day he he fails and understands where his level is at that time.
Just how good are City this season, we should be better than Basel, we should get through to the next round and that is where the real test should begin.
I'll accept getting through but really can't wait until we have to do battle aginst the perceived big boys, Real, Barca, Juve and Bayern.
I KNOW THAT YOU BELIEVE THAT YOU UNDERSTOOD WHAT YOU THINK I WROTE, BUT I AM NOT SURE YOU REALISE THAT WHAT YOU READ IS NOT WHAT I MEANT