Cape Town - Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims that their recent success is down to the good work done during his tenure at the club.
The Italian tactician held the reins at the Etihad Stadium for three-and-a-half seasons before he was shown the door at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.
Manuel Pellegrini subsequently replaced him at the helm and guided City to the Premier League title and the Capital One Cup trophy in his first year at Eastlands.
But Mancini feels those accomplishments were achieved by the core of players he signed for the Citizens, whose FA Cup triumph in 2011 under the 49-year-old was their first piece of silverware in 35 years.
He also ended their 44-year wait for league honours with the top-flight title in 2012 and believes the groundwork began when he was put in charge.
Mancini told FourFourTwo: "I think that we started to build this team five years ago. In two years we won the Premier League, the FA Cup - we won everything in England.
"And this current team are playing nine of my players all of the time. I am very happy with that because I know these players. I think it's not easy to build a strong team with only four or five years."