Manchester City's men were thumped by a superior Real Madrid side and consequently finished third and last in the International Champions Cup.
Read up on the four things we learned about City during the tournament:
City being humbled by European opposition is nothing new. Since becoming regular Champions League entrants in 2011 an exit by the group stage or last 16 has been all they can muster.
What do they do to change this? Sign Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling. As explained in this article, neither are poor players but City need more.
It should be stressed that it was just a friendly and that Real had a full strength side minus James Rodriguez. But rather than providing excuses, the last point begs further questions:
1) Why haven't City spent more (or more wisely) to close the gap? Pellegrini fielded a team full of experienced players (aside from 16-year-old Humphreys). Yet they were second best all over the place, with Clichy and Nasri (who clearly at this point are not up to scratch) making glaring mistakes.
2) If Madrid had rested players e.g. Sergio Ramos (who wants to leave and conceded a penalty) for Varane or Dani Carvajal for Danilo there would not have been a difference. This implies City have shoddy strength in depth. Something that should have been address allowing the likes of Clichy, Nasri, Dzeko and Jovetic to leave.
In all pre-season matches so far the Chilean has plumped for a 4-3-3 formation, ditching the previous 4-4-2 which consistently exposed Yaya Toure in the middle and caused City to be vulnerable on the counter.
However, City are still conceding goals at an unacceptable rate. The four today was followed by two against Roma. What will be encouraging is that none of the goals were scored as a result of being short of bodies when defending. Instead it has either been a stroke of genius e.g. Karim Benzema's wonderful volley or an individual error.
£49 million is a hefty price tag to bare on your shoulders but Sterling is managing it well. In addition to his debut goal against Roma the England international was a threat to Real all game and was responsible for City getting a penalty as his dribble forcing Sergio Ramos to handle the ball and avoid being turned.
The 18-year-old is being hyped as the next wonderkid and it is easy to see why. Although he did not start against the La Liga giants he was very impressive against Roma.
Not only did he score a goal he showed he has vision too as he assisted Sterling with a wonderful through ball. To produce such a performance against top opposition is not easy but he did not look out of place.
He will not be regular because of the extraordinary Sergio Aguero but he will certainly get more chances. If he performs anything like this then City will have one less homegrown quota to worry about.