Manchester City will ease their UEFA Champions League misery by winning the Premier League, according to Nigel de Jong.
The English top-flight leaders have been the best of the bunch on the domestic front, but they failed to live up to expectations in European competition.
City were dumped out of the Champions League at the group stages, however, De Jong insists they will not allow the disappointment to have an impact.
The midfielder said ahead of Monday's trip to Chelsea: "We won't be affected by this setback.
"Winning the league will make up for this. We didn't go through in the Champions League, but we can't let that distract us from our main target and that's winning the Premier League.
"We are still in with a chance of four cups. We are not despairing about the season because it's still early.
"It's the first year City were in the Champions League and expectations were high.
"But in the group expectations weren't so high because our main target was still the Premier League title."
De Jong also thinks City will learn from their setback in the Champions League and come back stronger next season.
He said: "We have to learn from our mistakes and take them into next season. We can't just focus on the Premier League.
"We made a few mistakes. It's all about experience and being consistent at this level.
"As a group we didn't play that until now so this is a good experience. We are not far off from challenging in the Champions League.
"We have announced ourselves on this stage and that was one of our main targets too. You have to prove a point."