Manchester City's new signing James Milner is expecting a tough test when his side travel to Sunderland on Sunday.
The England midfielder made an impressive City debut in the comfortable 3-0 win at home to Liverpool on Monday night.
Milner then sat out the Europa League win over Timisoara in midweek, but the former Aston Villa man is expected to return at the Stadium of Light.
"Steve Bruce always has his teams settled very well. He is a good manager and they had good spells last season," said Milner.
"The north-east is always a tough place to go and they create a great atmosphere. It is a very good place to play football.
"It is up to us to get on top of them early in the game because if they start well and get a goal in front with the crowd behind them it can be tough.
"Hopefully we can get out of the blocks quickly, put in a good performance and get the right result."
Meanwhile, City manager Roberto Mancini is pleased with the way his side are developing but is also expecting a tough test against the Black Cats.
"It is important we play football - no long balls but on the floor, shifting the ball quickly. The players I have brought in need to fit the style I want to bring here," he said.
"I have followed all the players I bought many times and know they all have good mentality.
"If we think that because we beat Liverpool that Sunderland will be easy, it would be a big mistake.
"In the Premier League every game is difficult. If you don't play Liverpool, Manchester United or Chelsea, it is even more difficult, for me."