"Good footballers don't need to talk much to play well together, and it all knitted together almost at once. I would say it started to develop when we played Valencia in our last preseason friendly. We lost, but there were encouraging signs. We were starting to put nice little passages of play together. We had something to work with, we kept working at it on the training ground and come opening day, at West Ham, we had a dream start [a 2-0 win], and we've never really looked back."