Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the club's squad are hungry to regain the Premier League title after finishing runners-up to Chelsea last season.
Pellegrini's squad was heavily criticised after what many believed was a poor showing during the 2014/15 campaign, with veterans Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure in particular being singled out by the English media for failing in their duties.
Chilean tactician Pellegrini, though, says the team are focused more on their performances on the pitch than any detractors in the stands and is confident of an improved showing in both the Premier League and in Europe.
"All of them, not only Vincent and Yaya and players who had a lot of criticism, they are not thinking about why they were criticised," he told BT Sport. "They are thinking about their performances. They want to be important players and win titles.
"The important thing for them is to be ambitious, to have a winning mind, to try to continue to win titles and improve in Europe. They have a lot of challenges and our most important players are in their best ages."