New Manchester City midfielder, Fernandinho, has urged the team to rack up as many early season points as possible, before the Champions League begins.
Roberto Mancini was sacked as City manager due to his inability to make the team compete on more than one front, and the players will be under considerable pressure to win both the Premier League and go far in the Champions League this time around.
For that reason, Brazilian international midfielder Fernandinho says it is imperative for City to get off to a good start in the league in August.
"It is important before the Champions League starts in mid-September to get as many points as possible because after that we are playing Saturday-midweek all the time and it gets harder," the former Shakhtar Donetsk star said.
Fernandinho has also encouraged City not to fixate on their cross-city rivals, champions Manchester United.
He says that the champions of two seasons ago need to look out for their own results first, rather than look over their shoulders at what is happening at Old Trafford.
“We need to get as many points as possible in those first few games. It is not a question of thinking about United. We have to think about ourselves,” he said.
Meanwhile, on a personal level, Fernandinho admits that English football is a new cup of tea for him, and that he does not yet know what to expect from it.
But he knows what to expect from himself, and he is looking forward to proving that he can brew the perfect cup of tea.
"The Premier League is a very strong competition," he said.
"It is very tough and a different style of football. Obviously I don't have any experience of English football, so I don't know what the effects will be.
"I want to train and practise as much as possible. I want to have a balanced season, always playing at the same level."