Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen for his players to put in a performance in the Champions League Group D match at Bayern Munich that will "change the image" he felt was conveyed by the previous meeting between the clubs.
City were completely outplayed for much of the contest when Bayern beat them 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in their initial Group D encounter this season.
It did not give a great impression of the Sky Blues' continental credentials, but they have since secured qualification for the knockout stages for the first time, achieving it at the third attempt after unsuccessful efforts in both 2012-13 and 2011-12, when they were Champions League debutants.
They could even emerge from Tuesday night's clash - the two teams' final Group D game - having qualified in top spot, although it would require second-placed City, currently three points behind defending champions Bayern, to win at the Allianz Arena with a better scoreline than that by which they were beaten in the reverse fixture.
Pellegrini has readily acknowledged that it is an incredibly tall order, but the Chilean feels it is vital that at the very least City show they are capable of coping with the likes of Bayern better than their first display against the German side suggested.
''It is very important to improve on what we did against Bayern at home," Pellegrini said on Monday.
''We didn't play well in that game and all of us know why.
''We will try tomorrow to change the image that the team gave in that match.''
With City hosting Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday, Pellegrini has indicated he may give some of his players some rest time on Tuesday night, and it certainly appears goalkeeper Joe Hart will start the match in place of Costel Pantilimon.
Hart, previously City's established number one, was dropped from the team in October after making a string of high-profile errors, which included mistakes in the home loss to Bayern earlier that month.
If he faces them again on Tuesday evening, it will be only his second appearance in his side's last 10 games.
It has been a worrying time for the England international building up to next summer's World Cup.
And Pellegrini said of Hart: ''For him it is a very important game.
"I am not thinking about the past, just thinking about the future. I trust in him.''
Two City players who will not be featuring are midfielder Yaya Toure and full-back Gael Clichy due to suspension and a foot problem respectively.
Also injured are striker Stevan Jovetic and centre-back Matija Nastasic (both calf), but playmaker David Silva is back after missing six games because of a calf complaint of his own.