Brian Kidd has told Manchester City's stars to carry on fighting among themselves if it brings more silverware.
Former City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, set to face his old club when Tottenham host the defending champions on Sunday, said his former team-mates can be beaten because they are prone to infighting.
But first-team coach Kidd believes manager Roberto Mancini has a squad of winners whose fighting spirit is a reason for their success.
He said: "You have only got to look at the manager and the squad of players - they don't like losing.
"Ade has not been around for the last couple of years, and the boss has put silver on the sideboard in that time. So I hope they carry on fighting and arguing. If you want a fight and a confrontation, you can have it every day in a football club."
Adebayor joined City from Arsenal 2009 but was on loan at Real Madrid when they won the FA Cup in 2011 and at Tottenham when they became Premier League champions in 2012.
The Togolese striker was involved in an on-pitch argument with Vincent Kompany during a controversial spell at the Etihad Stadium, and fell out with Mancini.
Kidd revealed that City are likely to be without David Silva for the trip to White Hart Lane. The Spain international has missed their last two games with a hamstring injury, while Sergio Aguero, who came off during Wednesday's win over Wigan with the same complaint, is a doubt.
He added: "David has joined in with the group [in training], with a wee bit of possession and small-sided games, but Sunday might be a bit too soon for him.
"Today [Friday], we will know more about Sergio with the hamstring. It was more fatigue than a tear or a strain."