Yaya Toure claimed people are waiting to criticise Manchester City, despite the club's good form.
Pep Guardiola's side are on an 11-game unbeaten run since a 4-0 loss to Everton at Goodison Park in January, and next face Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie at the Stade Louis II.
Despite heading into the game with a 5-3 first-leg advantage and a run of four wins from five Premier League matches, Toure has claimed people are waiting for the team to fail.
"When you're a winner and when you want to achieve important things you have to work hard," he said. "Sometimes it's difficult but you have to be positive because we know people are waiting for us to fail.
"What we have to do is try to keep going, working hard.
"It's like that. We are playing very well at the moment and we have a team that plays mostly attractive games and sometimes the pundits are waiting to analyse.
"But, okay, it's part of the game, and in football now. Ten or 20 years ago it wasn't the same but today we just have to do our job.
"We are playing well but in the end winning is the most important thing."
Manchester City head to Monaco following an entertaining first leg at the Etihad Stadium, in which they trailed 2-1 and 3-2.
Guardiola admitted afterwards he expected a similar attacking game in France, and Toure has insisted that to advance to the quarter-final stage they must score goals.
"From my point of view, and maybe the manager's too, the best way to defend is to attack," Toure added.
"If you sit deeper... when I watched PSG-Barcelona, PSG had fantastic players up front but they were trying to defend.
"When you go and play games like that and you are four goals in front, I think that is the wrong thing to do.
"We are going to attack, we never do it the other way, we will attack and they will expect that as well. The best defence is try to score."