Juventus defender Marco Motta does not believe Manchester City's big spending will necessarily bring them success.
Italian giants Juve take on Premier League outfit City in the Europa League on Thursday, in what promises to be a great contest at Eastlands.
City, under the guidance of Roberto Mancini, splashed the cash yet again during the transfer window, landing David Silva, Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure, Alexander Kolarov, Jerome Boateng and James Milner as they flexed their financial muscle.
They currently lie fourth in the English top-flight and Motta, 24, has questioned the big-spending club ahead of the meeting between the two sides.
"City is proof of how big-name signings and big spending, almost €100million if I'm not mistaken, is not enough to obtain great results," he told Sky Italia.
"But it's clear that they are a rival that has all of our respect and we will have to be on guard."
Under new manager Luigi Del Neri, the Old Lady are ninth in Serie A with just two wins in five games as they look to find their feet this term.
"We are trying to adapt with the arrival of at least 10 new elements this summer," Motta added.
"To assemble the newcomers takes time.
"Winning helps you win, and allows you to train meeting the expectations of the fans, the club and a great coach like we have."