Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has praised the club's consistency, but said he still regards them as 'his' team.
Mancini was speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport ahead of the club's Champions League tie with AS Roma.
He said: "It's still the team that I built: Solid and with dangerous players up front.
"They have been a strong team for several years now, each year they always manages to improve, buying very good players.
"At home City always express themselves well, is very solid: so much possession and play unpredictable football."
Mancini believes Roma can still overcome his former side when they face off at the Etihad on Tuesday.
He added: "For Rome to win, from what I saw against CSKA, they could safely compete on par with City."
Mancini is currently without a club after being sacked by Turkish side Galatasaray at the end of last season despite helping them qualify for this year's Champions League competition.