Joleon Lescott insists Manchester City can maintain their push for honours throughout the season and believes Owen Hargreaves' arrival will only benefit their pursuit of trophies.
The England defender - currently preparing for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Bulgaria - is relishing being a first team regular at City who have won their opening three league games.
Now Hargreaves is poised to bolster Roberto Mancini's already formidable squad subject to proving his fitness after being released by Manchester United at the end of last season.
Lescott said: "We know it will not be just us and Manchester United going for honours.
"There is Chelsea there as well, and they will be one of the favourites. Spurs can also produce performances and results.
"We know it is a long season and we have to stay focused and consistent.
"We are not getting carried away with the first three games of the season.
"But the confidence is high at City and our aim is to win trophies.
"We know, if we keep on playing the way we are at the moment, we will be hard to beat."
Lescott knows all about Hargreaves' qualities from working with him at England level before his much documented injury setbacks led to the end of his spell at Old Trafford.
He said: "Owen is an experienced player, he has played in the Champions League, is an international. It is only going to be good for the City squad if he signs.
"I've worked with Owen at England level and he is a great professional.
"People ask if it represents a gamble but the club know what they are doing, Owen knows what he is doing. He is still a good player.
"He hasn't played as much as he would have liked over the last couple of seasons but the medical team we have is very good and very strong.
"If we can get him fit, I'm sure it won't be very long before he is back to his best. He will be a player with a point to prove after his injuries."
Lescott is keen to become established at international level and Rio Ferdinand's absence against Bulgaria will give him another chance to stake a claim.
He said: "It helps when you are playing more games at club level. I was playing more at the end of last season as well although I'm taking nothing for granted.
"Kolo (Toure) is back now from suspension and there is strength in depth. We are all confident we can perform in any given game.
"Playing week out will help the international chances but it's not just me with the likes of Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Chris Smalling here.
"You can't rest on your laurels. I'm not an established member of this team yet. That is a goal and hopefully that will be in the future.
"JT (John Terry) and Rio are first choice and there are a few of us want to try and be part of the team."Reuse content