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.
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.
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.
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.