Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes he deserves some credit for the club's mounting pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple.
Manuel Pellegrini has enjoyed an exhilarating start to life at the Etihad Stadium and although the club remain two points off the top of the Premier League they are widely considered favourites to reclaim the crown.
City's attacking verve has won plaudits from all quarters and their haul of 106 goals scored so far has already surpassed their total from last season.
Summer signings Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho have been singled out for particular praise in their debut campaigns but Galatasaray manager Mancini, who was sacked by the Premier League club following their FA Cup final defat to Wigan Athletic last season, believes it is the players he brought in who are most responsible for the current team's success.
"I'm happy that Manchester City is one of the best teams in England because I built this team," Mancini told BBC Sport.
"The players that score the goals are players that I bought – Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Samir Nasri."
Former Inter manager Mancini ended the club's 35-year trophy drought in 2011 when he led the side to FA Cup glory before the club won their first Premier League title under his guidance the following year.
The 49-year-old came under criticism for his managerial approach during his final season in Manchester, particularly for his handling of Samir Nasri who has since enjoyed a reversal in fortunes under new management.
Although he admits a change in leadership at a club can have that sort of effect on people, Mancini maintains tension within a squad is 'normal.'
"When you work, you know you can have some problem with the players," Mancini said.
"But this is normal because the manager wants the players to work hard and play well and the players should understand this.
"When you bring in a new manager, it is better maybe, because you change the way they work."
Mancini's Galatasaray side will take on Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.