If Pep Guardiola’s vision for Manchester City takes shape over the course of the next 10 months, he may look back on the night his team dismantled back-to-back European champions Real Madrid at the Los Angeles Coliseum as the moment it all started to fall into place.
It has come at a cost – £217million so far, to be precise. But if Guardiola can produce results, and performances, like this then his paymasters in Abu Dhabi will view it as money very well spent.
This is pre-season, of course. Early days. Changes were made by both sides and key players are still missing, not least Cristiano Ronaldo. But putting four goals past a team like Real at any time of year is no mean feat, and City did it here in some style in front of 89,000 – the biggest crowd for a football game ever at this iconic venue.