Manchester City ace Yaya Toure insists Roberto Mancini's squad are targeting the Premier League title this season.
The Eastlands club have one of the most expensive squads in England's top-flight, but their challenge fell short last term.
City have again strengthened during the summer and Toure believes Mancini's troops have their tails up ahead of the new campaign.
The ambitious club also have UEFA Champions League football on the menu and Toure knows it will be a difficult task for his colleagues.
"The new season will be very, very hard and we need to improve, because this season the club will play in the Champions League," he told the club's official website.
"And we expect to stay in the top four of the Premier League and we expect to win the Premier League because now we are coming with more confidence, the players know each other better.
"I think this year will be fantastic for us."
Toure enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Premier League after joining City from Barcelona and capped it off by scoring the winning goals in the FA Cup semi-final and final.
However, there were also tough moments, not least when brother and team-mate Kolo was suspended for six months after failing a drugs test.
The defender will return to the club in September, and Yaya cannot wait to see his brother back in action.
"Kolo's well," said 28-year-old Toure. "He's in New York with the family. We hope September will come quickly and we hope to help the club win something again next year.
"Now I think he's more happy than anybody because he will come quickly back to the team, and for the team we need him because we know the Premier League is very hard and we need to have two or three players per position."