Manager Roberto Mancini has branded Manchester City 'a real team' and insists the only thing they are lacking is experience.
City have established themselves as serious Premier League title contenders in the early stages of this season, winning six of their seven opening games and drawing the other to sit second in the table behind local rivals Manchester United on goal difference only.
Mancini is pleased with how the season is progressing and believes his expensively-assembled side will only improve as they play more games.
Asked about City's season in Il Domani dello Sport, the manager replied: "Well, we are first in the Premier League with United.
"We are a real team, we lack only experience. I'm happy."
City have been linked with moves for Napoli forwards Ezequiel Lavezzi and Marek Hamsik but Mancini admits he would have no place for them in his star-studded attack.
"(Lavezzi) is a great player and devastating in his every move. But I would not know where to put him at City," added the former Inter Milan boss.
"The same goes for Hamsik, who I first admired while in Italy. I wanted to take him to Inter when he played for Brescia."