Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes his team will still be fighting for European silverware at the end of the season.
Roberto Mancini's men face an uphill task to qualify for the UEFA Champions League last 16 following Tuesday's disappointing 2-1 defeat at Napoli.
They must beat Group A winners Bayern Munich at Eastlands next month and hope Villarreal can take points off the second-placed Italians to progress.
Kompany insists big-spending City still believe they can advance from a tough group and make an impact in the latter stages of the competition.
But the Belgian already has one eye on Europa League success if the Citizens fail to overhaul Napoli.
He said: "It is by far the hardest group in the Champions League. It was never going to be easy and always a case of going to the last game.
"I wouldn't say qualifying is a miracle because all Villarreal need is a draw and Villarreal is a difficult away game.
"We've got to focus on our game and try to beat Bayern Munich.
"But it doesn't matter what happens, we will have a lot to say in the Champions League or Europa League until the end of the competition."
Midfield enforcer Nigel de Jong added he does not believe Napoli's trip to Spain, against a pointless Villarreal, is a foregone conclusion.
The Dutch star said: "We still believe we can get to the next round. We don't have our fate in our own hands anymore but we're playing at home which is to our advantage.
"Let's hope Villarreal can give us some help."