The Citizens have struggled in Europe since the dawn of the new era at the Etihad Stadium, and were eliminated from continental competition at the group stage both last season and the campaign before.
But, there has been much change at the club this summer, with Manuel Pellegrini being drafted in as the new manager and a number of big name players having been signed up.
This has filled Kolarov – who was linked with a move away from the club to join Juventus – with a sense of optimism.
“We are still getting used to the new coach, trying to understand him,” he told the Daily Mail.
“There is a change but I think we can do much better than last season. We’ll be looking to well in the Premier League and Champions League this time.
“It’s important for us this year, we want to do well. Last year was not good for us but now we have a good group and I think we can go through.
“And the manager he has done very well in this competition before with Villarreal and Malaga last season. He has a lot of experience in this competition and that will be good for us.”
City endured a woeful time in Europe last season under Roberto Mancini.
The Italian oversaw a disappointing six Champions League games in which his side failed to pick up enough points to avoid finishing at the foot of the standings, thus missing out on a place in the knockout round or the Europa League.
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