Roberto Mancini admits it will take him another six months before people see his real Manchester City side.
The Italian manager purchased Jerome Boateng, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Aleksandar Kolarov, Mario Balotelli and James Milner with the help of Sheikh Mansour's millions this summer.
But Mancini says he has yet to complete his spending as he aims to shape the club in his own image and he maintains there is still a lot of work ahead.
Mancini said: "I think we can create a special team in six months. We need time to improve day by day to change the mentality.
"We must start winning consistently. That is important."
Mancini is aiming to get the better of Juventus in their glamour Europa League group match at Eastlands on Thursday evening.
The former Inter Milan coach has not ruled out the possibility of returning home to coach The Old Lady one day.
"Why not, football is like that," he said.
"I have never been an enemy of Juventus. I was a huge fan for years when I was a child so I have great respect for the club and the players.
"It will be a special match as it is the first time I am coaching an English team against Juventus.
"Obviously I miss home, as anyone would, but I am happy here. This is where I am living and working."
Mancini raised the stakes before the game by suggesting the Premier League was stronger than Serie A.
He said: "Juve and City are both new teams. We both need time to establish ourselves.
"I think the English championship is better than the Italian. They need to bring some big players back. They are not there at the moment."