Vincent Kompany admits it is an 'honour' to be Manchester City captain, but has reiterated he does not expect the role to alter his behaviour with his team-mates.
Belgium international Kompany was handed the armband at the start of the season due to the uncertainty surrounding the future of former skipper Carlos Tevez.
Argentine striker Tevez ultimately failed to secure a move away from City before the transfer window closed, but Roberto Mancini has stuck with Kompany as his captain.
The former Hamburg stopper has always been a strong character and a steadying influence at the centre of defence and he does not expect to change.
"It is an honour for me but it doesn't change my role in the club," said Kompany.
"I have always been a leading figure and wearing the armband shouldn't have any effect on how you behave towards the group."
Meanwhile, fellow defender Pablo Zabaleta admits City need to improve following a 1-1 home draw with Napoli in their opening UEFA Champions League game.
Edinson Cavani gave Napoli the lead before Aleksandar Kolarov levelled with a free-kick, and Zabaleta feels City need to adjust to playing against a higher standard of opponent.
"That is something we need to improve and try to correct. We need to keep strong as a team and try to improve," said Zabaleta.
"In the Premier League it is different to the Champions League, where you have the best teams in Europe.
"We know we have a good team with quality and we have shown we have chances this year to win trophies."