Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has vowed to get even closer to the Premier League title next year as supporters turned out in their thousands to acclaim their FA Cup winners.
At the end of a tumultuous campaign, City finished third in the table, nine points adrift of champions Manchester United, trailing runners-up Chelsea on goal difference alone.
It was good enough to secure a path straight through to the group stages of the Champions League, which added to the end of their 35-year trophy drought completed an outstanding season for Roberto Mancini and his men.
But Kompany knows more is expected next term and before a parade that started in Manchester city centre and ended with a massive firework display at Eastlands, the Belgium defender spelled out the way forward.
''We had a good season but the reality is we didn't finish champions, so there is obviously a gap between first place and second and third,'' he said. ''We will do everything we can to bridge that gap. If the club decides to buy it will make sense but hopefully this team will be stronger, regardless of that.''
Kompany certainly does not feel any sense of inferiority when he assesses City's strengths against those of their rivals.
''There has been very little in our games with United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham,'' he said. ''We will do better next season than this and the gap is going to get smaller.''