At a certain point, resistance becomes futile. The weight of opposition is too heavy; the quality of the foe far superior.
Most teams reached that point sometime in August. Manchester City have been that good for that long.
On Saturday, they delivered their latest masterclass against Claude Puel’s plucky Leicester. The Foxes were carved apart with the dexterity of a master butcher at his carcass, left bloodied and startled in the face of an onslaught.
In a game where all you could do was sit back and admire, here are five things we learned.