Manchester City silenced critics with a 3-0 Premier League win over West Bromwich, says captain Vincent Kompany.
Manuel Pellegrini's men secured three points and a clean sheet at the Hawthorns on Monday night and Kompany, who scored the third goal against the Baggies, believes they've sent a message to their Premier League rivals.
"I think, for us, we have something to prove," he told Sky Sports. "Last season was below what we are used to and, if you were to look at the training sessions we did - especially last week - it's a team that has great intent.
"Obviously there are a lot of favourite teams now - we're not part of it I've heard!
"It's something that gives us extra motivation. We came out here today knowing that we had a point to prove."
The Citizens captain added: "More than anyone else, I think. I've worked hard.
"Sometimes you get judged on how you finish a season. Until November I was having a good season, but it didn't matter in the end because we didn't win anything.
"I think as a team we all have to improve this season, but for me I just want to get back to my best level and games like today are giving me the confidence.
"I'm extremely hungry for more silverware and extremely hungry for great performances."