If one thing can be garnered from Manchester City’s Dublin Super Cup victory over the August Bank Holiday weekend it is that this piece of pre season silverware will not be their last this season.
With all the talk surrounding the mercurial and majestic Sergio Aguero his subsequent role as a substitute may have been seen as a source of angst and frustration for the paying fans hoping to catch a glimpse of City’s £35 million capture.
Instead the fans were treated to an accomplished display from a City side no doubt capable of winning their first top flight title since 1968.
This inaugural tournament highlighted the sheer and vast strength in depth of this city squad. Last season one could describe City as one dimensional, powerful and workmanlike, Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany solidifying the defence, Garth Barry, Nigel De Jong and Yaya Toure anchoring the midfield; Carlos Tevez aside perhaps they lacked that requisite guile.
This year however things should be different, with an encouraging first season behind him David Silva looks every bit the creative force needed to propel City to the title, Aguero will no doubt provide both the goals and assists and an ever improving Adam Johnson may do much to quell his doubters.
Indeed even if Tevez does decide to up sticks and search for pastors new Aguero is every bit his equal and will no doubt contribute much more to the City squad than the moans and groans of a restless footballer and his money hungry agent Kia Joorbachian.
City possess in their squad players who greatly under performed last season and success this season also rests largely on their shoulders. Can Edin Dzeko rediscover his form shown at Wolfsburg? Can James Milner demonstrate his undoubted goalscoring prowess from midfield? Will Mario Balotelli focus on his football and harness the talent he possesses?
With what can only be described as an excellent defence and a sturdy central midfield City’s title hopes are reliant on those that were bought to create and score goals fulfilling that very criteria.
Manchester will no doubt be a source of much banterous behaviour amongst football fans next season however for the first time in a long time the blue half may just about have the last laugh.