Manchester City captain Richard Dunne insists it shouldn't surprise people with how well the club's new foreign players have bedded in this season.
The defender told the Sunday Times: "The players already here were like everybody else really; none of us knew anything about the people we were signing. I'd heard of Petrov, but apart from him they weren't names I knew. I was a bit worried when so many different languages came into the dressing room, but there was no need. The talent coming in spoke for itself, the new players were outstanding. You could tell we were going to gel.
"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."