Manchester City rested eight players, but getting thumped 4-2 by Southampton was hardly the preparation they wanted ahead of one of the biggest matches in their history.
City will meet Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in Spain on Wednesday with yet more serious question marks over their expensive-but-not-good-at-keeping-the-ball-out-of-the-goal defence.
And while Cristiano Ronaldo's fitness is still an issue - after he missed the 0-0 first leg - Madrid supporters could be forgiven for thinking they don't need him on this evidence.
@rich_chandler Ronaldo has picked up a hernia....
Doctors say that watching comedy on tv like Citehs game is to blame.
-- Castle Rock Brit (@CastleRockBrit) May 1, 2016
Ronaldo watching this Man City performance like: pic.twitter.com/SJQo4A8Uxg
-- Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 1, 2016
-- James Twidell (@jamesbwfc22) May 1, 2016
Will Bale and Ronaldo be able to tear apart the Man City defence with the effectiveness of #SaintsFC's Mane and Tadic?
-- Jack Gann (@jackrgann) May 1, 2016
Vincent Kompany was rested today and should return at the Bernabeu - City really, really need him - but if Ronaldo plays, the captain will need a lot more help than his colleagues seemed capable of today.
A team like Man City, with their wage bill, are just not entitled to be getting beaten 4-1 by Southampton. #MythOfThePremierLeague
-- Danny Baker (@prodnose) May 1, 2016
City need a complete overhaul in defence and midfield in the summer. Kolarov, Mangala, Navas, Nasri, Delph, Fernando.. Not good enough.
-- David. (@19DH96) May 1, 2016
Without kompany man city's defence is so so shocking
-- Curtis (@_curtis95) May 1, 2016
Ronaldo would be licking his lips seeing this city defence !
-- Aditya Tewari (@AdityaTewari) May 1, 2016
Just imagine what Ronaldo will do to these
-- James Edmonds (@JamesEdmonds7) May 1, 2016
Sadio Mane did the damage with a hat-trick and, after being linked with big clubs before, it bolstered his hopes of a move this summer.
16 of Sadio Mane's last 25 goals have been during or in the month before a transfer window/end of season.
-- Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) May 1, 2016
Mane is a beast. Great player but needs to be more consistent
-- Ahsan (@Ahsi_7) May 1, 2016
Expecting United to be linked with Mane in every paper tomorrow. So predictable#MUFC
-- Nev Thompson (@nevthompson12) May 1, 2016
City did at least take a positive out of the match - with upcoming striker Kelechi Iheanacho again showing his class by bagging both their goals.
City are an absolute shambles, minus Iheanacho. Why he doesn't get more starts is beyond me
-- ollie (@oluhb) May 1, 2016
Iheanacho is a champ
-- Dino (@dinosaur231) May 1, 2016
Man City's only hope to reach the final is to start Iheanacho and Aguero on Wednesday.
-- Xtraterrestial Fly (@_katungu) May 1, 2016