Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan said last season’s Champions League exit will not provide an extra source of motivation this year.
The Premier League leaders face Germany’s Borussia Monchengladbach in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday.
City beat Real Madrid at the same stage last year, but then lost 3-1 to Lyon in a one-legged quarter-final in Lisbon.
“It is not something that is forgotten, to be honest,” said Gundogan.
“But it is not something that gives us any extra motivation. It is a new year, a new option, a new chance and a new challenge. We just try to do our best, as we did in the past.”