Roberto Mancini reckons Manchester City need to bring in a couple more players in order for the squad to be ready to challenge for the Barclays Premier League title this season.
Speaking after City's 3-2 defeat at the hands of local rivals Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, Mancini gave his clearest indication yet that City had not yet concluded their business in the summer transfer window.
"We need to complete our squad," he said. "We have another 23 days until the end of the market in order to achieve the target we had at the start of pre-season."
City have strengthened defensively with the arrival of Gael Clichy, Stefan Savic, and goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, and have added to their forward line with the club record signing of Sergio Aguero who moved to the Etihad Stadium for a fee believed to amount to £32million.
With many tipping City to be a genuine title contender in 2011-12, Mancini played down suggestions that yesterday's Wembley defeat, after the Blues surrendered a two-goal lead, gives United an advantage as the new season fast approaches.
"I don't think it has given United a mental edge but it will be important for us to know why we lost this game," he continued. "A top team doesn't always play well, but when we score two goals and go 2-0 up, we need to have a strong mentality.
"I think that this is only one game. It is not important for the Barclays Premier League, for the FA Cup. I repeat, if we understand why (we lost) it will be very important."
As much as it pained him to say it, defender Micah Richards had to concede ‘United were the better team’ but he is confident City’s best is yet to come.
"It's an outstanding time to be at City with the way things are going. It's exciting. But it was a bit of a wake-up call for us. People know what we can do but maybe we got a little bit ahead of ourselves."
City begin their Premier League campaign against new boys Swansea City next Monday and fellow defender Joleon Lescott, who scored the opening goal on Sunday, says the defeat won't affect their preparations.
The former Everton man said: "We would have liked to win it. But no disrespect, our season is bigger than the Community Shield.
"It won't affect us negatively. We can take a defeat on the chin and we won't dwell on it, like we won't dwell on our victories too much.
"We had a great season last year but this is a new season. We've got new signings and once everyone is back together and firing on all cylinders, I'm sure we'll be there or there abouts again.
"It might help us keep our feet on the ground because we're not at the level we think. There's a long way to go. The game was important but it's not the be-all and end-all of our season."