Roberto Mancini faces a club close to his heart admitting it will take another six months to shape Manchester City in his own image.
The Italian manager is aiming to get the better of Juventus in the their glamour Europa League group match at Eastlands.
While pleased with the progress his side are making - they defeated reigning champions Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday - he maintains there is a lot of work ahead.
Mancini said: "I think we can create a special team in six months. We need time to improve day by day to change the mentality. We must start winning consistently. That is important."
Juventus are also a side in transition and Mancini has not ruled out the possibility of returning home to coach them one day.
"Why not, football is like that, " he said. "I have never been an enemy of Juventus. I was a huge fan for years when I was a child so I have great respect for the club and the players. It will be a special match as it is the first time I am coaching an English team against Juventus. Obviously I miss home, as anyone would, but I am happy here. This is where I am living and working."