The Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City began in earnest on Sunday. Not just a trophy won, but a performance that illustrated the gulf he is putting between his football, and that of his elite rivals.
First to fall, have been Arsenal, not just sixth of six in the league, but unworthy adversaries in this final. Outplayed and outfought, a shadow of the great teams Arsene Wenger has nurtured in decades past.
The stadium announcer trumpeted them as the runners-up as they climbed the steps to collect their medals. They were lucky to get that. Playing like this, they were lucky not to come third.