Patrick Vieira believes Manchester City's players showed they have the 'hunger and desire' to win trophies this season.
Roberto Mancini's side is packed full of talent at the Etihad Stadium, with the Italian spending big since his arrival in 2009 to put City on the cusp of glory.
And, whilst the FA Cup is no longer in the reckoning for the Citizens following their 3-2 defeat to arch-rivals Manchester United, Vieira believes the manor of the loss shows they have the key attributes to win trophies this season.
"You've seen the desire and hunger for success. You can win games because you've got quality in your team, but I don't think you can win a Championship if you don't have togetherness, hunger and desire," the Frenchman told the official City website.
"What makes me believe more that we can be successful is the desire and the hunger that this team has got. We have got the quality, there is no doubt about that, and we've now showed to everyone that we have the hunger and desire to win trophies.
"When you mix the both it can be unbelievable, so I'm really excited for the rest of the season because the way the team played against United was really good."
Following the 107-cap international's retirement from the game in the summer, Vieira has taken up a role as Football Development Executive at City.
And the former Arsenal skipper admitted he's loving his role with the club, and isn't tempted to return to the pitch after watching Paul Scholes make an appearance in the third round clash on Sunday.
"No, it is no way. I've turned the page and I'm in a different set of mind now. I really enjoy my new role, spending time with different departments and learning how things work, it's terrific for me," he added.
"I'm learning every day, spending time with the academies and recruitment and development, seeing players coming through, and it is really good."