Osman was part of the Everton side which secured a UEFA Champions League qualifying round berth back in 2005 under David Moyes, where they lost to Villarreal to miss out on the group phase.
The latest Goodison Park vintage, with Roberto Martinez now at the helm, are on course for another top-four finish with Saturday's 1-0 victory over Sunderland lifting them above Arsenal with just five games of the season remaining.
Martinez has overseen a change in Everton's style this season and it is one which Osman believes the supporters will appreciate.
When asked about the Everton side of 2005, he told reporters: "We played counter-attacking football, defended a lot and got our points on the board early then and managed to hang on at the end.
"This time, we're doing it the opposite way around. We're pleasing on the eye, playing some good football and we're coming on strong.
"We've had some good games and won comfortably lately but over the course of a season, you've got to grind a few out and that's certainly what we've done.
"It's two different ways of doing it but this is the better side although that last one surprised a lot of people and did it on merit."