Man City boss Mancini explains philosophy behind his summer signings
And Mancini, having splashed out nearly £80million on defenders Jerome Boateng and Alexander Kolarov, winger David Silva and midfielder Yaya Toure, Mancini now believes he has the firepower to settle his scores on the pitch.
He told the Mirror: “Spurs had been building a team for many years. Their squad is strong. They’ve been in the Europa League. They were more experienced than us.
“We played at the same level and we became a team. Congratulations to Spurs, but this year it will be different. The new signings have this in common - they can all play in different positions. Boateng can play in every position in the defensive line.
“Yaya can play behind the defence, he can play right or left midfield and he can play behind the striker. And Silva can play every position in the midfield and behind the striker.
“If we buy more players like this it gives me more chance to move positions when players get injured or tired. Or change what happens on the field from 4-4-2 to 4-3-1-2.
“I try to buy players who are an investment. Who are young. Who can play for the club for many years. And when Manchester City decides to sell them, they will have a good re-sale value.
“It’s important to have individual leaders. It’s not just that we have a good player with a good personality off the pitch, but a big personality on the pitch is important now.”