Vincent Kompany has told Manchester City that spending is no guarantee of success and urged them to do "something special" to regain the Premier League title.
The FA Cup finalists have spent around £90 million this summer on Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic.
But captain Kompany believes that team spirit and preparation will be equally important in what he expects to be a fiercely contested title race.
"It's not enough to just spend the money, I think a lot of clubs do that," he told Sky Sports News. "It will take something special, but we will just do as much as we can now in the preparations.
"Buying new players is one thing, but the way we have prepared has been really good so far and we're doing our best to be one of the teams to compete for every trophy. You could go round with this question to five or six clubs and say the same. That's why the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world."
City manager Manuel Pellegrini has returned to his native Chile after the death of his mother and defender Kompany feels it serves as a reminder of the importance of creating a family atmosphere at the club.
"It doesn't only put things in perspective, it's a bit of a reality check," he added. "Football is more than just the signings, it's about being in a group, being in a family and him, too. When he comes back we will make sure there is everything that he can feel at home with us as it's not easy to be so far away from home."